According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 18 percent of American adults live with mental illness.
The Science Museum of Minnesota will debut a new exhibit designed to bring awareness to a topic that touches our lives each day. “Mental Health: Mind Matters” will use hands-on interactives and multimedia activities to give visitors of all ages an experience exploring mental health and its prevalence and impact in society. The exhibit, which opens May 4, also seeks to provide a safe space to have important conversations about a subject that some see as taboo.
“Mental Health: Mind Matters” hopes to build understanding and awareness by giving visitors the opportunity to see how mental illness has been treated in the past, as well as the chance to better understand what it’s like to live with mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. It will also connect visitors with resources to help them better their own mental health and support those with mental illness.
“Access to mental health resources is critical,” said Alison Rempel Brown, president and CEO of the Science Museum of Minnesota. “At the Science Museum of Minnesota, we’re inspired by the ‘Mental Health: Mind Matters’ exhibit, both because it brings awareness to the realities of mental illness and our history in treating it, and because it provides a safe, reflective place to have honest conversations about it – with our family members, our classmates, and our community.”
“For over a decade, PrairieCare has sought to transform psychiatric healthcare and to combat stigma in Minnesota and beyond. We are proud to partner with the Science Museum of Minnesota on this groundbreaking Mental Health awareness campaign,” said Dr. Ryan Williams, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and CEO of PrairieCare.
Following its run at the Science Museum of Minnesota, ‘Mental Health: Mind Matters’ will embark on a tour of museums and science centers across North America.
“Mental Health: Mind Matters”will be open during regular Science Museum hours and runs through Jan. 6. Admission will is included in regular exhibit gallery admission ($18.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors). The Science Museum is located at 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.