Professional Insight

Maura Nolan is a licensed psychotherapist in the New York state. She received an undergraduate degree from Loyola University and a Master’s degree from New York University (NYU). She currently works within the Rikers Island prison system. Here is what she had to say about society and mental health today:

“Our Society has instilled beliefs that individuals struggling with mental illness are meant to be feared. That they are irresponsible. That they are helpless or weak. We must replace these false beliefs with truths and facts.”

“That mental illness knows no boundaries across race, gender or sexual orientation, and that it could happen just as easily to me as it could to you. the more we empathize and come in contact with those who suffer at the hands of mental illness, the less likely we are to stigmatize.”