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September 27, 2010

NAMI awareness week strives to remove stigma of mental illness


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The National Alliance on Mental Illness Cambria County will observe its annual Mental Illness Awareness Week with the following events:

Oct 3: “Spark the Conversation, Ignite the Change!” candlelight ceremony, 6 p.m., Heritage Discovery Center courtyard, 201 Sixth Ave., `Johnstown.

Oct 4: “Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness,” 6 p.m., Holiday Inn-Downtown ballroom,

250 Market St., Johnstown. PBS program panelists to confront hypothetical situations. Discussion by local panelists will follow.

Oct 5: Award-winning film “Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia,” 6 p.m., Johnstown Flood Museum theater, 304 Washington St. Discussion with filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston about her journey to reconnect with her father after 10 years of hiding.

Oct 6: “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid!: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children,” 9 a.m., City View Bar & Grill, 709 Edgehill Drive, Westmont. Two mothers share stories on raising mentally ill children in a world preoccupied with perfection. Registration required by Thursday; call 535-3166.

Oct 8: Choices in Recovery: “Relapse Awareness and Reduction Strategies,” 11:30 a.m., Holiday Inn ballroom. The program looks at the management of schizophrenia and being prepared for relapse. Registration required by Oct. 4; call 535-3166.

All events are free and open to the public.

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