Places for People Joe Yancey is ready for the day when there is no longer a separate discussion between mental health and physical health.
“If you are emotionally not healthy, I guarantee you eventually you are not going to be physically not healthy. If you are physically not healthy over a long period of time, I guarantee you, you will be emotionally not healthy. We’ve got to stop separating the two and see it as health in general. Just health.”
Removing the stigma associated with mental health and substance use disorders was the goal of the first Raise Your Voice conversation, which featured Yancey, in late April at the Venture Café in the @4220 building of the Cortex Innovation District.
“This is a conversation that we do not have enough of,” Yancey said.
The event was the first in a series of discussions that Places for People will host throughout the St. Louis area this year.
Yancey discussed the stigma associated with mental health and substance use, and also the impact of adverse childhood experiences before engaging in a conversation with Almanac Co-Owner Angie Winschel that covered a variety of topics – ranging from myths surrounding mental illness to the current state of accessing mental health services.
Audience members were invited to join the conversation. One audience member asked Yancey what the next step should be for those in attendance.
Yancey answered, “Action. Talking about it. Spreading the word.” He wants to see the conversation carried forward to family and friends.
“Let’s start talking about this. Let’s not keep it this little secret over here that we just don’t talk about.”
See highlights from the first Raise Your Voice conversation:
Stigma associated with mental illness and substance use
Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences
Myths Associated with Mental Illness
Rewards of this work