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Stigma of Mental Illness Explored at Lifetree Café

When: Sun., Dec. 17, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: Free
Society’s response to those who suffer with mental illness will be discussed at Lifetree Café on Sunday, December 17 at 7 p.m.   The program, titled “Mental Illness: Breaking the Silence, Overcoming the Shame,” features a filmed interview with Amy Simpson, author of the book “Troubled Minds.” Simpson grew up with a mother who was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. “My family needed help, and we didn’t know where to get it. My whole family felt alone,” says Simpson, who equates mental illness with other physical illnesses. “I should no more be ashamed of mental illness than I should be ashamed of a broken leg or asthma,” says Simpson. During the program, Lifetree participants will have an opportunity to discuss why a stigma is commonly attached to mental illness, and if there should be. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is located at Campbell Creek Connexion on the corner of Union and 13 th St., Arcata. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Bob at 707 672 2919 or robertdipert@gmail.com.

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