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Brazoria County
National Alliance on Mental Illness Gulf Coast
News Release
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Galveston and Brazoria County, TEXAS — October 4-10, 2009 is National Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW).  Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), MIAW was established in 1990 by Congress in recognition of NAMI’s efforts to raise mental illness awareness. 

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Mental illnesses include such disorders as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses.

Founded in 1988, NAMI Gulf Coast joins other affiliates nationwide this week to raise awareness about mental illness.  NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.  NAMI has more than 1,100 affiliates in communities across the country who engage in advocacy, research, support and education. Many NAMI affiliates offer an array of support and education programs for families and consumers. For information about what is available in your community, contact your local affiliate directly at www.namigulfcoast.org.

The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible, if people have access to the treatment, support and services they need.

To aid in this education and awareness join NAMI Gulf Coast for the annual gumbo luncheon to “The Many Faces of mental Illness”.  Meet special guest speaker Mayor Bob Sipple of Lake Jackson.  Help NAMI GC to raise awareness, eliminate stigma for two upcoming events;

2009 Gumbo Luncheon
The Many Faces of Mental Illness!

When:

Friday, October 2nd, 2009
12:00p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

What:
 
Mental Illness Awareness Week!
Join NAMI Gulf Coast for our annual Gumbo Luncheon. 
Guest speaker - Lake Jackson Mayor Bob Sipple.

Where:
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
100 Oak Dr. South
Lake Jackson 77566

Cost:
FREE!

Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
phone 281-585-3100
or email
namigc@namigulfcoast.org                         

Joint Chapter Meeting
When:
Monday, October 5th
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Where:
Alvin Senior Center
309 W. Sealy St.
Alvin, TX. 77511

What:
In recognition of Mental Health AwarenessWeek
Janssen Pharmaceutical will be providing a Virtual Reality Presentation @ no cost to family members.

Mark your calendar for the Monday, October 5th joint chapter meeting with dinner provided, bring a dessert please.

Come and visually experience life in the eyes of someone with a mental illness.

Warning: If you have ever suffered from delusions or psychosis, DO NOT participate in this could trigger a relapse.

Please call (281) 585-3100 or email namigc@namigulfcoast.org to RSVP.

If you or someone you know is affected by mental illness, please contact your NAMI GC.  NAMI Gulf Coast provides services for Galveston and Brazoria Counties. For information and services please call 281-585-3100 or email namigc@namigulfcoast.org. It is the mission of NAMI Gulf Coast to support and educate families and professionals about mental illness and advocate for services for people with brain disorders. If you know someone who could use our services please contact NAMI Gulf Coast.




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Jim Guidry Commentaries


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