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Addressing the Stigma of Mental Illness

June 6, 2016

Diana Ketterman, Mental Health Author, Speaker, and Education Provider joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Mental Health Channels.  Diana is owner of Mastering Mental Health, where she provides mental health speaking and curriculum services for educators, students, parents, social workers, faith-based organizations, women's groups, and public groups.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Diana Ketterman discuss the following:

  • What is your purpose for being on the show today?
  • What is mental health stigma?
  • How does mental health differ from mental illness?
  • What are some mental illness facts that are related to youth?
  • What are some of the causes of mental illness?

Duration: 13:06

For nearly her entire childhood, Diana Ketterman grew up in a home with a mother who suffered from undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia. When Diana was 13 years old, her father was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor affecting his mental capacity. It took his life at the age of 40 when Diana was just 17 years old. Diana, the oldest of three children increasingly took on many adult responsibilities as her parent's illnesses became predominant.

Through resiliency, Diana overcame her early obstacles to build an impressive career, one that combines her interests in teaching and technology while allowing her to stay connected to her community. Diana has 23 years in the field of education, 6 years working for the federal government and a lifetime of experience in building resiliency in coping with mental illness.

Diana holds a BS in Business Administration and Accounting and a MS in Computers in Education. Diana has earned many achievements in education including being named the SBEA Teacher of the Year. She was instrumental in working with Virginia state politicians and educators to establish state standards and college frameworks for students to receive technical industry certifications. Her teaching methods have been published in the National Business Education Yearbook, and her lesson plans have been published in a high school textbook by Cengage Learning.

Diana has been a speaker on the local, state and national level, writing and advocating the implementation of business and technology curriculum. She served as the adviser for a division of Future Business Leaders of America. Under her leadership students were awarded national recognition during multiple years.

Diana graduated from the first cohort of the Future FEMA Leaders, a prestigious program which allowed her to travel and learn about the interworking of the agency.  With this opportunity she developed her professional network which included mentoring by senior executive leadership.

Diana is currently putting her years of technical and public-speaking experience to good use as she promotes a media campaign in parallel with the publication of her first book, A Child of Royalty.  Her experiences entailed a United Way presentation with CNN writer and senior producer Wayne Drash. Diana has also co-authored a Virginia regional United Way community mental health report.

Diana has been actively involved with the national community dialogue through Creating Community Solutions and the Text, Talk, Act campaign.  Diana’s work was represented at the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books in Tucson, Arizona.

It is with passion that Diana has produced this first children’s workbook, Making Sense of Me.  Diana believes that everyone experiences depression and anxiety at some point in life.  She says, “It is more apparent that we as a society must do something to enable children to have a voice, to learn to identify their emotions, and to build resiliency in being overcomers.”


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