WFUV Returns With A New â€˜Strike a Chordâ€™ Series
De-stigmatizing Mental Illness
June 11, 2013 at 1:37 PM (PT)
For the month of JUNE, "Strike A Chord" --FORDHAM UNIVERSITY Triple A WFUV/NEW YORK’s public service campaign -- is addressing the subject of mental health stereotypes.
The station will air public service announcements featuring the voices of the mentally ill. They are sharing their stories in an effort to combat the stigmas associated with mental health by putting a face on the issue. Actress GLENN CLOSE is also lending her voice to one of these public service announcements along with her sister, JESSIE CLOSE, who lives with bipolar disorder. In addition to the PSAs, WFUV will air a series of news reports on the topic.
"Mental illness is one of those topics we're often reluctant to talk about. But it's something that needs to be brought out into the open," said WFUV on-air news host GEORGE BODARKY. "There are many misconceptions about mental illness, which can lead to a wide variety of problems, from discrimination at work to difficulty finding housing. Stereotypes are sometimes perpetuated by HOLLYWOOD and other media industries. It is our hope that this Strike a Chord campaign helps break down the stereotypes to improve the lives of families touched by mental illness."
The Strike A Chord campaign has already received accolades for other work it has done to raise community awareness of mental health issues. The COALITION OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AGENCIES, INC., an advocacy organization for NEW YORK’s behavioral health community, will present WFUV with the 2013 Coalition Leadership Award on JUNE 27th, for sponsoring programs aimed to de-stigmatize mental illness and addiction disorders.