Grant helps raise understanding of mental illness

COAST CITIES — The National Alliance on Mental Illness received a $10,000 grant from the Tri-City Medical Center to present the “In Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness” presentation to local schools, outpatient programs, inpatient programs, providers of services for the mentally ill, police departments, Tri-City Emergency Department, human resource departments and corporations, health care providers and faith communities. The presentation’s intent is to help overcome barriers in public attitudes that often deter the mentally ill from engaging in recovery.
“In Our Own Voice – Living With Mental Illness” presentations aims to enrich the audiences’ understanding of how Americans contending with mental illness cope while also reclaiming meaningful lives.
Two trained “In Our Own Voice-Living With Mental Illness” speakers share personal testimonies of living with and overcoming the challenges posed by mental illness. Audience participation and discussion are encouraged, and a brief video with a variety of stories accompanies the presentation. Each presentation lasts from 60 to 90 minutes, is offered free of charge, is delivered to a variety of audiences and follows a structured format covering issues frequently faced by those dealing with mental illness. For more information, contact Ann Cummings, the Coordinator of Consumer Programs, at (760) 295-3188 or visit http://www.nami-northcoastal.org.

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