04-04 Folklore and Mental Health

Friday, November 03, 8:30 am–10:00 am
Broadway III/IV

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the New Directions in Folklore Section

Chair: Jared L. Schmidt (Coquille Indian Tribe)

8:30 am
Mental Health in Public Folklore Work
Anne Rappaport Berliner (New York Folklore)

8:45 am
The Hmong Institute: Culturally Competent Mental Health Services
Anne Pryor (American Scandinavian Foundation)

9:00 am
Martha Norkunas (Middle Tennessee State University)

There is a mental health emergency in America. Every day, news headlines cry out about a new mass shooting, the opioid crisis, increased levels of anxiety, and an array of other maladies compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. As folklorists invested in the health and well-bring of our communities, we cannot merely watch as our neighbors, children, and collaborators struggle. But what exactly is the role of folklorists? How can we turn our ethnographic training towards the psychological world within while addressing external societal and occupational inequities? This panel discusses how this can be achieved through sharing current applied public projects.