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Happy Mental Illness Awareness Week

Posted Oct 07 2009 10:00pm
I normally don't write two posts at a time, but I wanted to make sure everyone knows that this week is National Mental Illness Awareness Week. NAMI, and other groups, have organized activities in honor of this week all over the United States. Here, in Pinellas County, Florida, NAMI Pinellas will have its annual walk for awareness this weekend, which is held every year in downtown St. Petersburg, and is always part-celebration, part-vigil, part-protest, and all worthwhile. If you happen to live in my area, maybe I'll see you there!

There is also a documentary on PBS, which is being aired, currently, online in full at this website, called Minds On the Edge. It has received raving reviews, and it features the author Elyn Saks who lives with Schizophrenia and wrote an interesting book I've discussed here before, as well as numerous other, educated, insightful, intelligent people having a very thought-provoking discussion and role-play about two people with serious mental illnesses. I have never seen anything like this on video before, and it was definitely worth watching for one hour on my screen. I encourage each of you to view it as soon as you have time!
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