MILLEDGEVILLE — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Oconee Area Chapter received an honorary proclamation from Mayor Richard Bentley for Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct. 6-13.
The purpose of this week is providing educational support and community awareness.
NAMI is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to raising awareness about mental health concerns. It focuses on support, education, research and advocacy to help individuals and families affected by mental illness. The local chapter works with individuals from Oconee Center, River Edge Behavioral Health Center, Central Care Community Group Homes and various others.
Local programs for Mental Illness Awareness Week are also scheduled. NAMI Oconee will have a discussion panel on Bipolar disorder Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Arts & Sciences auditorium of Georgia College. The panel is geared toward students and open to the community.
The 16th annual Central State Hospital Cemetery Memorial Ceremony at Mary Brown Pavilion kicked off the awareness week Sunday.
NAMI meets every fourth Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church.
For additional information on NAMI or Mental Illness Awareness Week, go to www.nami.org.
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