University of Nebraska - Omaha

Coming into: Mental Health and Stigma in Council Bluffs, IA and

Canton, China

Exhibit contact information:

Dr. Peter Szto, Grace Abbott School of Social Work, University of Nebraska - Omaha,

Display period: 2019-current


Impact Upon Exhibition Trend:

The first exhibition that attempts to speak directly to the universality and timelessness of mental illness, this photographic exhibition includes present-day images from Council Bluffs, Iowa and 20th Century images from Canton, China (now Guangzhou). By including content from two cultures, this exhibition connects Omaha, the geographic center of the United States, with China. Coming into invites visitors to consider the similarities and differences regarding attitudes, community care, the treatment of mental illness, and the prevalence of stigma in both countries.



Coming into: Mental Health and Stigma in Council Bluffs, IA and Canton, China

Image used with permission from Peter Szto

The National Museum of Mental Health Project, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and “museum without walls” that researches and creates exhibitions that can transform society’s attitudes about, and understanding of, mental health. Through the development of online exhibits, NMMHP does what museums do best – educate, interpret, advance dialogue, and develop literacy on the topic of mental health. 


The Project seeks to:

  • Develop and display exhibitions by facilitating collaboration among artists, curators, mental health professionals, people with lived experience, and others who seek to share talents and knowledge.

  • Share research related to exhibits about mental health and wellness.

  • Build alliances with community, local, and national not-for-profit, for-profit, governmental, and educational entities who are similarly interested in creating positive mental health outcomes.

  • Develop a national museum of mental health.

The Project extends from a research fellowship at Assumption University.