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Thinking Outside the Box

A visit with Jim Koller and Karen Weston, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: mental health psychiatry psychology mental illness pathology

Thinking outside the box (Koller)

Topics: medication mental health

Koller observes that one of the biggest obstacles is getting people to do more than just nod and agree that mental health is important. “Of course, it’s important: but what are we willing to do to encourage it in our youth?” he asks. “We have to do something that’s more proactive than reactive. Mental illness is continuing unabated in our society in particular,” thanks in part to high levels of stress and the drive to succeed. He perceives this challenge as an ethical and moral responsibility: “When you have a chance to do something about it, when you have people who are willing to look outside the box at a different world, why not take it? At least you can’t be judged that you didn’t try.”