For Immediate Release
July 27, 2004
Contact: Bob Carolla 703.524.7600 email: Bobc@nami.org
Arlington, VA — African Americans face unique challenges in confronting mental illness and finding paths to recovery, which will be the focus of a symposium organized by NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) on September 8, 2004, in Washington, D.C.
"The symposium is of importance not only to African Americans, but to every community," said Maria-Jose Carrasco, director of NAMI’s Multicultural Action Center (MAC). "No matter what a person’s race, color or ethnic heritage, we all are at risk from the fragmentation, cultural incompetence, and other inadequacies in the nation’s mental health care system. To achieve reform, we must understand each other’s needs."
Olympic gold medalist (1996) Derrick Adkins will provide testimony that "Recovery is Possible." Presidents of national organizations and other African American community leaders participating in the symposium include:
The symposium will coincide with NAMI’s annual convention on September 8-12. Featured speakers also will include NAMI leaders from California, the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, Ohio, and South Carolina.
This is a unique opportunity, at a single event, to meet leading African American experts and individuals with personal stories about mental illness.
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