Black History Month feature: Pamela Short and Kenny's Kouncil

Published: February 10, 2022

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Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States. More than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. Every year, 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness; 1 in 4 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness; 1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression.

Pamela Short, an assistant professor in the Auburn University College of Nursing, has made it her mission to bring awareness of mental health and well-being into the forefront of health care. Short, who graduated from Auburn in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master’s degree in 2018, is a certified mental health first aid instructor..

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Submitted by: Latha Bhavnani