Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 3-9, 2010) was established in 1990 by Congress to raise local mental health awareness.
So why is it important to understand mental illness? I asked Linda Hofmann, Director of Behavioral Health Services at FMH:
It’s important to understand mental illness because – for example – at any given time one in four women is suffering from depression. Depression is a mental illness and chances are it’s touched your life or the life of someone very close to you. Awareness is the first step on your way to understanding, and a little understanding can go a long way toward helping someone recover from depression.
All of the following events are open and free of charge to the public. We hope you’ll join us!
Saturday, October 2: Walk to Washington Welcome Rally at Way Station, 230 West Patrick Street – 5:00-6:30 p.m. Courageious ambassadors are on an 835-mile trek from St. Lous Missouri to Washington, DC to raise public awareness about mental illness. Join them and cheer them on as they pass through Frederick!
Sunday, October 3: Way Station Candlelight Vigil at Way Station, 230 West Patrick Street – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Come join us to light a candle to honor those struggling with mental illness.
Tuesday, October 5: Brewer’s Alley Benefit at Brewer’s Alley, 124 North Market Street – Open 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 midnight. Enjoy a great lunch or dinner and Brewer’s will donate 20% of the gross receipts to the Mental Health Association of Frederick County.
Wednesday, October 6: Elisza Fisher at Way Station, 230 West Patrick Street – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Join us to hear Elisza Fisher, LCPC, Trauma Specialist with the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, discuss Trauma Treatment and Recovery.
Friday, October 8: Showing of “Healing Neen“ at the Hood College Rosenstock Auditorium, 401 Rosemont Avenue – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Documentary illustrates the impact of trauma on mental health. Following the movie will be a panel discussion with local leading experts. Refreshments will be served!