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Mental Illness Awareness Week aims to shed stigmas

Posted: September 30, 2019

To educate the public and fight stigmas, Lakeland Community College is hosting several events during Mental Illness Awareness Week on the main campus, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, 44094.

Mental Illness Awareness Week was established in 1990 by the U.S. Congress in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. It takes place every year during the first full week of October.

Information and interactive tables will be in the bookstore hallway (A-Building, first floor) Oct. 7–10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

Featured presentations include:

PTSD Discussion Panel
Monday, Oct. 7, noon - 1 p.m., room H-116

Opiate Epidemic
Presentation by Kim Fraser, executive director of the ADAMHS board
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 12:30–2 p.m., room A-2100

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Awareness Training
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., room A-2100

"Mental Illness is an A##&@!e – And Other Observations"
Author Gabe Howard shares insights from his book. Gabe Howard is an award-winning speaker, author, and podcast host who lives with bipolar disorder. He hosts the weekly Psych Central Podcast and is the co-host of A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast. He's the author of Mental Illness is an Asshole – and Other Observations and has appeared on numerous websites, podcasts, and in traditional media outlets. Sponsored by the National Alliance for Mental Health.
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m., in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center

Depression Screenings Provided by the ADAMHS Board
Thursday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., room A-2014

For more information, contact Nora Gee, assistant professor/counseling, at Ext. 7203 or

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