The National Alliance on Mental Illness will host "Celebrating Recovery," an awareness event, Thursday, Oct. 11, at Elmer Thomas Park's east pavilion in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week.
The event is free and will begin at 11 a.m. and includes a walk, raffle, lunch and three keynote speakers: Taliaferro Community Mental Health Center Medical Director G. Michael Strickland, Cameron University Associate Professor of Psychology Ralph Alexander, and mental health advocate Kim Bartlett.
Mental Illness Awareness Week was established by Congress in 1990. Leigh Holmes, a coordinator for the event, said the theme "Celebrating Recovery" was chosen because of the several challenges that are being met by those suffering mental illnesses, diagnoses are more successful and care systems are being established.
This is the second year that the awareness event is being hosted. The event is aiming to inform the general public of mental illnesses symptoms so people may identify potential issues.