Mental Health and Stigma Interview-Steve Arkin
Steve speaks out on suicide prevention, the foundation and on the passing of his son Jason due to suicide caused by depression, the stigma of mental illness and efforts to reach-out to individuals and families impacted by this often misunderstood disease.
Featured Speaker: Dr. Steven Arkin- “Transforming the Stigma of Mental Illness”
Published on Mar 5, 2016 Filmed at Kansas city Oasis Sunday, February 28th, 2016 “Transforming the Stigma of Mental Illness” Steven Arkin is a staff neurologist with Saint Luke’s Health System. He was born in Chicago, graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. He completed his internship at Northwestern University, and his residency and fellowship at the University of Iowa. His areas of interest include neuromuscular disorders, stroke, migraines and concussion. Steve has lived in the Kansas City area since 1994. He is married to Karen, also a neurologist at Saint Luke’s. They have a 20-year-old daughter, Jennifer. Steve and Karen lost their son, Jason, to suicide in May 2015. Jason was a junior at Northwestern University, majoring in electrical engineering. Steve will speak to the effects of mental illness from the viewpoint of both a parent and a medical professional. He will address some of the facts regarding the prevalence of mental illness and ways to counteract the stigma, with the ultimate goal of raising awareness and reducing the potential endpoint of fatality.