U panel discusses invisible disabilities


The first time Adam Moen  told the story of his battle with depression he instantly felt a sense of relief.

“In the beginning it was a really therapeutic experience for me to share my story, to just get it off my chest,” the finance senior said.

Moen is not alone. 1,900  University of Minnesota students suffered with non-visible disabilities last year, according to University Disability Services . Non-visible disabilities include autism, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder.

Because of this, the Office for Equity and Diversity  held a panel Friday to discuss the everyday struggles of people with non-visible disabilities.

The panelists —which included members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness , a University official and a sports reporter—shared their stories and encouraged others to talk about their disabilities to ensure that no one will have to suffer silently.

“It’s about treating this illness like any illness,” said Sue Abderholden

Look for full coverage on the panel, including student views and experiences in Monday’s Daily.