Allison Reardon

Major: History
Liberal Arts
Mentor: Rebecca Shrum

Linking Medical History to Mental Health Today

As an intern at the Indiana Medical History Museum, I give 3-4 tours a week to visitors. I connect historic events to current stigma around mental health issues. I reach a wider community through blog posts about mental health, and a large part of these posts focuses on this history and stigma as well. Helping community members understand the history of mental health helps to destigmatize these issues by illustrating the presence of mental illness throughout history as well as the factors contributing to the stigmatization in the past and present.