Diseases of the brain continue to be taboo. Most stigmatized of all? Addiction and mental illness. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people with mental illness are perceived as difficult, unintelligent and incapable of making decisions. People with severe mental disorders die 10 to 20 years earlier than the general population.

To tackle this grossly overlooked public health problem, the 8th Annual Forbes Healthcare Summit assembled an all-star panel of cultural, political and professional sports icons in a session titled, “Brain Health Matters: The Silent Stigma – Healing the Brain,” moderated by the host of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Mehmet Oz

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