Black Dog Panel Sheds Light on Mental Health Issues

Gail Z. Martin, John G. Hartness, Misty Massey, and Darin Kennedy brought the “hold on to the light” initiative to Dragon Con in a Science Fiction Literature Track panel Saturday afternoon. Martin clarified that the presentation was not a workshop or a prescriptive, but a look at how mental health issues are portrayed in literature and the media.

The panelists also considered how mental health can inform an author’s writing and how characters are presented. Describing their own struggles, the panelists considered literature and media that had depicted the issues well and compared how some media portraits fell short of reality.

For more on the initiative, check out Hold on to the Light.

Author of the article

Amy Herring

As Louise Herring-Jones, Amy Herring writes mainstream, historical, and speculative fiction as well as non-fiction. Her stories have been included in anthologies, most recently “Michaelis and the Dew Shades” in Fae Visions of the Mediterranean: An Anthology of Horrors and Wonders of the Sea ( Publishing, 2016), "Tender" in Life on the Rez (Tree-Lion Press, 2016), and "Moundville Revisited" in Ruins Excavation (Hadley Rille Books, 2015). She practices law in Alabama and is an advocate for privacy rights, First Amendment guarantees, and other constitutionally protected freedoms. No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

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