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Charmin yawns as Dave Cowardin (left) and Joe Olivieri work on their laptops recently. The two are producing episodes of a Web series aimed at destigmatizing mental illness. (Steve Kuchera /

Web series aims to destigmatize mental health issues

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“I know that mental illness in the United States is pretty taboo — especially with men,” said one male University of Minnesota Duluth student who appeared in an episode of the Web series “Call Me Mental.” “There’s this big emphasis placed on masculinity and toughing it out. … I don’t think that’s fair.”


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