Yale Office of Diversity and Inclusion Affinity Groups and Yale Latino Recovery Colectivo: Community Health Resources
Compassionate Conversations, May 26, 2021
Presentation and Discussion
March 18, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
The Manic Monologues: Sharing Stories to Smash Stigma Surrounding Mental Health
Presenter: Zachary Murguía Burton, PhD
Moderator: Andrea Mendiola, MD
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Dr. Burton co-created and leads The Manic Monologues to eradicate stigma surrounding mental illness. He is a proud member of Yale’s Latino Recovery Colectivo and serves as board member to numerous organizations, including Australia-based batyr, Kenya-based Coalition for Action for Preventive Mental Health, and Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health. He is a frequent speaker for audiences ranging from San Francisco General Hospital to Amazon to the U.S. Department of State, and his writing has been published by Devex, United Nations, International Bipolar Foundation, and others. He previously worked as a scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy and NASA, and is an award-winning poet published in The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Burton completed his Ph.D. at Stanford University and lives with bipolar disorder, psychosis, and suicidality.
The Manic Monologues is “The Vagina Monologues, but for mental illness.” Originally conceived as a play, The Manic Monologues highlights diverse true stories of mental health and illness via theatre, film, and virtual platforms to fight stigma and foster community. The play has seen performances and screenings around the world for theatres, hospitals, schools, churches, and corporations, with performers ranging from medical students and psychiatrists to Tony Award-winning Broadway and film actors. The Manic Monologues has been featured by The Washington Post, NPR, The New York Times, Psychology Today, Modern Healthcare, Fast Company, and others, and has won or been nominated for numerous regional and national accolades. The play was an Official Nominee of the 2021 Drama League Awards, the oldest theatrical honors in America.