Event highlights Mental Illness Awareness Week
FORT KENT, Maine –The University of Maine at Fort Kent, Aroostook Mental Health Center (AMHC), and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hold a community conversation in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 in UMFK’s Nadeau Hall.
Mental Health Awareness Week, always the first week in October, is a time to reinforce the importance of talking about mental health and pointing the community to available resources.
“One in four individuals experiences a mental health disorder in their lifetime,” said Christine Brown, LCSW and Program Director of Community Support Services at AMHC. “Mental illness is still very misunderstood by the general population, and many times misrepresented in our media, which only increases the stigma of mental illness. The good news is that there has been great progress in the area of treatment and services available to individuals with mental illness, supporting them to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. The Community Conversation /Presentation with NAMI, hosted by UMFK and AMHC, will be the opportunity to learn more about mental illness and supports available.”
AMHC is a behavioral health agency whose mission is to provide integrated healthcare services that maximize an individual’s potential to recover and improve their quality of life.
“Partnering with area organizations strengthens learning opportunities for our students and our communities,” said Shawn Graham, LCPC-C, CADC, UMFK Program Coordinator for Behavioral and Social Science Programs. “Anyone can experience a mental health problem and it is important that we have these community conversations to increase our understanding of mental health, services and resources, and mental health recovery.”
The Behavioral and Social Science programs at the University of Maine at Fort Kent align with the strategic directives of the university by providing professional education and career pathways that serve the needs of rural Maine.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Maine presenters will give an overview of the many ways it supports individuals with mental disorders and their families throughout the state of Maine.