Understanding Mental Illness

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On-air date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014
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Throughout history, people with mental illness have been misunderstood. Just 100 years ago, these people would have been sent to an asylum, never to return to regular society. We are moving toward education, but we are not there yet.  This has caused people to avoid treatment and continue to wrestle with their problems.  When actor Robin Williams died as a result of suicide, it brought the subject back to regular conversation.  Most of us were shocked when he died, but those who knew him well, admitted that he had struggled with depression for years and this was not his first attempt at suicide. 

The Holidays are an especially hard time for those who experience depression.  Our guests offer some valuable insight into the subject of mental illness and they also offer resources and places to turn for those looking for help.

Sue Abderholden, Executive Director, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness); www.namihelps.org(651) 345-2948 ext. 115; namihelps@namimn.org

Jill Weidemann-West, newly appointed CEO of People Incorporated, a local organization that helps people with mental illness and addiction find purpose and direction www.peopleincorporated.org(651) 774-0011; info@peopleincorporated.org

Jerry Freels is the founder and CEO of The Hope Program.

Additional Resources:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Minnesota Chapter published Minnesota’s Adult Mental Health Resource Guide – Hope for Recovery in 2013. It’s a great summary of the services available through Minnesota’s mental health care system.

 

On-air guests: 

 Sue Abderholden is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness

 

 

Jill Weidemann-West is CEO of People Incorporated, a local organization that helps people with mental illness and addiction find purpose and direction 

  Jerry Freels is the founder and CEO of The Hope Program.