On The Table 2017 is an initiative of the The Chicago Community Trust. In partnership with the Trust, The Kennedy Forum is working to engage thousands of people in conversations about mental health and addiction. The conversation topics range from family and friends discussing how mental health has impacted their life, business people discussing the level of stress created at work, and mental health professionals discussing how to improve clinical response. The goal is for people to have a conversation about mental health and addiction with a group of 8-12 people.
Studies show that the easiest way to help individuals understand mental health and addiction – and to eliminate the stigma – is to talk about the experience face-to-face. In 2016, nearly 80% of conversations hosted by The Kennedy Forum had someone with mental health or addiction experience. People walk away from these conversations energized to do more. 98% of participants recommend this conversation to friends and colleagues and 94% of participants are likely to take action as a result of this conversation. A quote from an individual who participated last year:
“It’s days like today when I thank God I am lucky enough to be in a workplace that doesn’t shame me, or this topic, where we can openly discuss our own struggles so we can help one another. It’s days like today when I feel like I am not alone, when I see people who have gone through this before me and have come out on the other end stronger and braver, the way God intended for them to be.” -Participant, On The Table 2016
For more information about on the table 2017: http://thekennedyforumillinois.org/ott2017/