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2017 State System Summit

Session 2

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2017 State System Summit

13-15 University Ave.
West Chester, PA 19382

Hiram G. Martinez
2017 Summit Chairperson
Phone: 610-436-2433


  • 2:00 PM – 2:55 PM

Do you call a person with cancer, Cancer? No? Then why do we call someone with bipolar disorder, Bipolar? Mental illness is a topic that isn't talked about; but when it does it is often in a negative light. The people who suffer from these debilitating disorders, suffer quietly among us. My goal is to make it okay to talk about mental illness. I believe that when we start talking about it as something that is not negative is when we can start working through the stigmas. Knowledge is power and you never know what your friend, family member, or colleague is going through.


Rebecca Gatewood, WCU Student Volunteer


Ms. Sarah Tansits, Second Year Graduate Student at West Chester University
Sarah Tansits is currently the president of the WCU Graduate Student Association and a co-conference chair for the Chi Sigma Iota National Counseling Honors Society at WCU. Sarah is also a co-founder and board member of The Katie Foundation which is a non-profit organization raising awareness and money for mental illness and mental illness research.