2019 World Vitiligo Day U.S. Celebration to Highlight Mental Impact

The 2019 U.S. Celebration of World Vitiligo Day – officially designated as June 25th – will take place June 21-23 in Houston, Texas. Focusing on the mental and medical journey of vitiligo, the event will include medical research and treatment updates, mental and emotional health sessions, and a panel discussion promoting open dialogue about the social impact of vitiligo.

The decision to include mental health as part of the event’s theme reflects growing conversation about the role of mental health in vitiligo treatment.

“Mental health should be part of overall treatment of any patient who is having difficulty dealing with their vitiligo,” said Dr. Amit Pandya, dermatologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “Studies have shown that mental stress is related to activity of vitiligo.”

And psychologists tend to agree. Dr. Lisa Schuster, child psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern, has vitiligo herself and recognizes the emotional toll the disease can take on patients.

“The most difficult part of living with vitiligo isn’t necessarily the medical issues, but rather the social and emotional difficulties that accompany the diagnosis,” said Dr. Schuster. “Open and honest conversation about the mental impact is necessary and it’s essential that we acknowledge the ways vitiligo can affect a person’s quality of life and their overall well-being.”

The conference will be held at the Marriott Town Square located in Sugar Land, Texas. Reservations can be made online here. The event is hosted by the Houston Vitiligo Awareness Movement in partnership with the Global Vitiligo Foundation and V-Strong. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

To register, visit https://www.houstonvitiligoawareness.com/wvd-registration. Questions can be directed to Diane Wilkes Tribitt at wvd2019houston@gmail.comJoin the conversation on social media with #WVD2019Houston.

Photo by Rachelle Van.

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Erika Page

Erika Page is a writer and blogger with universal vitiligo. Her first spots appeared on her spine when she was seven years old and today vitiligo covers her entire body. Based just south of Washington, D.C., Erika founded Living Dappled to create a community of inspiration and hope for girls and women living with vitiligo.


  1. Sagar P Solanki

    I wish I willl there, but I can’t because I am indian an for indian US visa is very much tuff.

  2. Florence obiageli Momah

    I am also a victim of vigitiligo,i have it all over my body.I am 57 years old.It started when i was 50 years old.I am presently in Uk. I am happy hearing from you. Please any further information should be sent to my email.

  3. I need 2019 to be the year, I started spotting around 1989. Well, three decades of stares and sunburn and spots; it’s enough

  4. Sebsibie Abera Girma

    i am a victim of vitiligo please invite me to participate world vitiligo day to get a solution for my skin problem

    • Erika Page

      Hi Sebsibie! You can register for World Vitiligo Day at https://www.houstonvitiligoawareness.com/wvd-registration.

      • Sebsibie Abera Girma

        Dear Erika please i beg you i am a victim of vitiligo please facilitate every thing which needed for the participation of WVD at Texas i can not afford to attend because my back ground is too poor to attend also if you are volunteer i will attach more photo.

      • Sebsibie Abera Girma

        Dear Erika I have no expense to attend because my back ground is too poor i only have a first degree on clinical nurse please if you can be a sponsor to me or search a sponsor for me because i need a help from you my country is not well developed by the way vitiligo is nothing it is not transmittable to the others also it have no pain simply a problem of skin colour but my country not think as it any how please i need your help

        • Erika Page

          Sebsibie, I’ll ask around to see if there are any scholarships and let you know!

        • Erika Page

          Sebsibie, unfortunately there are no scholarships this year, but the idea is being put forward to the organizing committees for future years. We will be covering the event and sharing information on Living Dappled if you can’t make it in person!

  5. Sebsibie Abera Girma

    welcome really thanks from the bottom of my heart!!!

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