After publishing a memoir about growing up with an undiagnosed panic disorder, hundreds of people wrote to the author Amanda Stern to confide in her about their own anxiety. She realized that if every single person who wrote or pulled her aside could begin speaking publicly about their own struggles, the stigma of mental illness would be entirely eradicated. In an attempt to kick-start this reality, she has assembled a variety of voices each experiencing anxiety from a different lens. We’ll hear from a comic, a therapist, a mindfulness expert and a scientist. The aim of this event is to give a face and personality to anxiety, to bring it out in the open so it no longer needs to hide.