About The Lecture
Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee spoke about how cancer in the 50s was a stigmatized illness with patients facing potent forces of discrimination, fear and neglect. “When anyone was diagnosed with cancer, the blame for the disease was carried by the person themselves. Patients with cancer were pushed to the back of the hospital. Mental health issues carry a similar stigma.” His recommendations centered around three forces which he felt were needed to come together to address the mental health crisis – political, social and biological.