HRC To Host Mental Health Awareness Program Oct 9

In conjunction with National Mental Illness Awareness Week, the City of Golden Valley’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) will present a mental health awareness program Oct 9 featuring Ken Barlow, KSTP-TV meteorologist, who will share his struggle with bipolar disorder and lead a discussion about mental health issues. The event will begin at 6:30 pm in the Golden Valley City Hall Council Chambers at 7800 Golden Valley Rd.

hrc-final-logoAccording to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four adults and one in five children and teens experience a mental health problem every year, and one-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14 and three-quarters by age 24. Unfortunately, there are long delays–sometimes decades–between the time symptoms first appear when people get help.

To raise mental illness awareness, in 1990 the US Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (this year Oct 5-11) and a time to learn about mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

The HRC’s mental health awareness event is part of the “HRC Conversations” program, which works to build awareness and facilitate dialogue within the community about human rights and social justice issues.

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