More than 150 community leaders attended Shatter the Stigma, an inaugural mental health awareness fundraiser addressing the stigma surrounding mental illness and the lack of resources available for treatment in South Florida. Money raised at the event, which took place at de la Cruz Collection in Miami’s Design District, will support outreach and patient services at the University of Miami Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The event was hosted by Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz and underwritten by Sherry and Harley Tropin, president of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton and honorary chair of the event. The speakers at the event, including Dr. Charles Nemeroff, Chair of the University of Miami Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Pascal J. Goldschmidt, Dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Harley Tropin, explained the need to remove the stigma of mental illness to encourage people to seek help, and addressed the pressing need for funding for research.
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