“Coming into: Mental Health and Stigma in Council Bluffs, IA and Canton, China,” is a documentary photography exhibit on mental health and stigma. The photographs seek to challenge commonly held assumptions about mental illness and community care.
The images are of individuals living in Council Bluffs and everyday scenes from China's oldest psychiatric hospital. The Council Bluffs photographs were in collaboration with the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team of Heartland Family Service. The exhibit opens to the public Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the UNO-Kaneko Library gallery, 1111 Jones Street, Omaha. Admission is free.
About Dr. Szto
Dr. Peter Szto is Professor of Social Work at the Grace Abbott School of Social Work, University of Nebraska at Omaha. He worked 12-years in inpatient and community mental health settings before his academic career. His research interest involves documentary photography as a tool of social research and global social work engagement. He has published and exhibited at both national and international venues. His PhD is in social welfare from the University of Pennsylvania, where he wrote his dissertation on the history of psychiatric care in China. Dr. Szto grew-up in New York City and lives in Omaha with his family and dog.
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