Coffee and Culture Covers Mental Illness

The next Coffee and Culture will focus on schizophrenia, an often misunderstood mental illness, at its meeting on April 16.

Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that does not allow people to properly interpret reality. People with schizophrenia often experience delusions or hallucinations, making them behave differently.

Jason Siewert, licensed psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, will present at the meeting and aims to help people better understand schizophrenia.

“I want to make sure that people have a sophisticated understanding of the mental illness in general,” Siewert said.

Siewert hopes to emphasize the individual experience a person suffering from schizophrenia has. He also wants to discuss the science behind the illness.

“It’s a complicated condition that consists of both environmental and neurological factors,” Siewert said.

Siewert believes the reason mental illnesses create stigmas are because some people do not understand them.

“Whenever I have an opportunity to clarify what an experience is for somebody with a mental illness, I always try to do that,” Siewert said.

Mariah Pfundheller, Coffee and Culture organizer, felt it was important to cover the topic of mental illness because she wants the program to address diverse topics. She hopes this presentation will give attendees the chance to learn about something new.

Siewert added that when people imagine a person with a mental illness, they often think of someone with schizophrenia.

“I think that it does create a lot of interest for people because it’s such a severe condition,” Siewert said.


Caroline Chalk



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I am a Junior at UW-Stevens Point studying Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. I'm the Online Editor of The Pointer. I write album reviews, listen to a lot of music, have a new found obsession with tea, and I like taking angsty pictures for my Instagram. I travel when I can and like to think I am a good photographer. Most times if you hear noise, its me singing down the hall. I'm an aspiring singer and artist. I am also a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America at UWSP as the Visual Promotions Chair. Follow my social media platforms to learn more about me and my work.

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