Mental Health Stigma – Depression and Anxiety

In this Wellness Talk episode, Catherine Striley, Ph.D., joins us to discuss mental health awareness and the stigma associated with mental health as it relates to depression and anxiety.

Striley is a psychiatric epidemiologist and associate professor at the UF Department of Epidemiology. She received a Master of Social Work in 1989 and a doctorate in philosophy in social work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis in 2002. She also holds a Master of Science in Epidemiology from the Washington University School of Medicine. As part of her research, she aims to increase recognition of the need for health screening, mental health and behavioral health services, and to decrease barriers to those services. Striley has experience in community-engaged research, including recruitment and retention of diverse community members, and in drug use, abuse and misuse epidemiology.


  • Take part in the Resilient Gator program to learn how to develop resilience coping skills to help manage challenges you may experience in life.
  • Explore the Emotional Wellness Toolkit, which provides general educational strategies to help improve emotional wellness as well as resources to help support individual journeys to better emotional health.
  • UF’s Employee Assistance Program offers UF employees — including graduate assistants — and their household members someone to talk to 24/7. Both telehealth and in-person counseling are available by calling (833) 306-0103.
  • UF’s Mental Health Services Access Line connects UF and UF Health faculty and staff and their families to Gainesville-area mental health services best suited to their needs. Faculty, staff and their dependents may call (352) 627-0032 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Explore the mental health resources offered by the UF College of Medicine Wellness Program.
  • Contact the Alachua County Crisis Center at 352-264-6789 for 24/7 phone-based crisis intervention counseling and support. The center also provides crisis counseling sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (800-273-8255) provides toll-free, 24/7, confidential assistance to people in distress, as well as prevention and crisis resources for you and your loved ones.
  • The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor.
  • Explore the website of the National Institute of Mental Health for resources on how to get immediate help in a crisis and how to find a health care provider or treatment.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides stress and coping resources, as well as confidential crisis resources, for individuals dealing with mental health challenges.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illnesses provides support, advocacy and education for individuals and their families struggling with mental health.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a wealth of information on substance abuse and mental health resources near you.
  • Register for a Mental Health First Aid course to learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to individuals in need.

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Catherine Striley