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Mental Health Action Day: Raising Awareness and Promoting Change Through Authentic Mental Health Representation in Media

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. CT / 2:30 p.m. MT / 1:30 p.m. PT
Duration: 1 hour

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RespectAbility is proud to be a founding partner in the first-ever Mental Health Action Day on Thursday, May 20, spearheaded by MTV Entertainment Group alongside nearly 200 additional brands, nonprofits and cultural leaders. Though more people than ever are comfortable discussing mental health, suicide rates over the last two decades have still risen, particularly among young adults, and finding effective resources and knowing how to get help remains a challenge. Join us as we discuss the importance of portraying mental health accurately and authentically in TV, film, and other forms of media, especially as a means to create awareness and serve as a first step to systemic change. Panelists include Nikki Bailey (comedian, actress, author, and producer), Ali MacLean (playwright and TV writer), and Amanda Burdine (screenwriter) with more to be added soon. ASL interpreters and live captioning will be provided. [continue reading…]

Celebrating Representation and Inclusion of Disabled AAPI in Media

Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT / 4:30 p.m. MT / 3:30 p.m. PT

RSVP: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ziGGkNtTRcyfuNpbszWfzg

It is vital to ensure authentic disability representation, considering that disability intersects with all other underrepresented populations. While AAPI representation in film and television has seen an increase in the past few years, there is still work to be done for AAPI disability representation. In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, join RespectAbility for a discussion with AAPI creatives working in front of and behind the camera to ensure inclusive representation moving forward. ASL interpreters and live captioning will be provided. [continue reading…]

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