“The Beautiful Minds” lecture series came about after a luncheon meeting where several volunteers talked about how to enhance and broaden people’s understanding of the UAMS Department of Psychiatry’s services and resources, while supporting and educating each other along the way.Mental health is a serious public health challenge. In fact, five of the top ten leading causes of disability in the world are psychiatric in nature. Family members, friends, co-workers: it seems like mental health issues in some way affect everyone. The organizers of “The Beautiful Minds” series are excited about the vision of the UAMS Department of Psychiatry which, under the leadership of Pedro Delgado, M.D., is changing the way mental health care is delivered in Arkansas. It is time to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding mental illness and bring this hidden topic out into the open. Mental health is not just an individual problem – it ultimately affects our society at large.
By improving public awareness, “Beautiful Minds” and its supporters can ensure the availability of mental health services and state-of-the-art treatments. Through it, they began what they hope is a journey that will lead to greater understanding of mental health issues. The lectures and accompanyying luncheons explore various aspects of mental health care – from depression and eating disorders to substance abuse and addictions.
The name “The Beautiful Minds” was chosen to symbolize the Academy Award-winning movie and the positive impact its success has had on mental illness. Those work and support this project encourage you to join them. With greater understanding comes greater compassion.