Letter to the Editor:
Mental Health Clinic of Tama County Observes Mental Illness Awareness Week
The Mental Health Clinic of Tama County is involved in the following events to recognize and promote awareness of mental health issues.
Saturday, October 2 employees of the Mental Health Clinic along with other community members, are joining in the annual NAMIWalks 5K walk around WaterWorks Park in Des Moines. This annual event is held in Des Moines each October during Mental Illness Awareness Week. The walking team from Mental Health Clinic is called Walking TaCos (Walking Tama County Services) and there is still room for anyone who would like to join the walking team or make a donation to NAMI. Anyone interested can contact Mental Health Clinic of Tama County at 641-484-5234 or online at www.nami.org/namiwalks10/DES/aly
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is an organization that was started in 1979 to support, educate, advocate and research mental illness and is devoted to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness. NAMI chapters are located in 13 communities around Iowa including Ames, Cedar Rapids, Newton and Waterloo. NAMI and The Mental Health Clinic of Tama County are in agreement that community awareness is paramount to furthering effective recovery for those who deal with mental illness every day.
The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that stigma is a major barrier to people seeking help when they need it, which is why this week is so important. “We want people to understand mental illness and join a dialogue in our community. The more people know, the better they can help themselves or help their loved ones get the help and support they need.”
Tuesday October 5 is National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding. Additional information and materials may be accessed online at www.nami.org and click on Mental Illness Awareness Week.
Another opportunity the Mental Health Clinic of Tama County is sponsoring is a free educational event to be held on Tuesday evening, October 5. Dr. Richard Berchou is the featured speaker and will be presenting on the topic of Relapse Awareness and Reduction Strategies. Understanding the importance of family and treatment team involvement in individuals who live with schizophrenia as well as understanding relapse will be topics of the evening. Refreshments will be served at 7 pm with the program starting at 7:30 in the Tama Civic Center Auditorium 305 Siegel Street. Registration is free but space is limited so call 641-484-5234 to reserve your seat.