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Mental illness awareness-raising in Dubuque

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NAMI works to erase the stigma of mental illness NAMI works to erase the stigma of mental illness

Oct. 2-8 is National Mental Illness Awareness Week, and Dubuque's chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) raised awareness and funds Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center.

A bake sale raised nearly $1,000 for NAMI Dubuque. Mercy's Psychiatric Services Unit sponsored it and donated the money to the local NAMI chapter.

NAMI offers support, education and advocacy for people with mental illnesses and their families.

The organization works to erase the stigma attached to mental illness, NAMI Dubuque board member and psychiatric unit nurse Susan Ruden said.

"You know, it's so different from somebody who maybe has diabetes. I mean, that is really easy to talk about in groups or in social settings, to talk about, 'My loved one has diabetes.' But most people don't want to talk about that, 'My loved one has depression,' or schizophrenia or bipolar illness," Ruden said. "There's been such a stigma, but we're here to break that down."

NAMI Dubuque held one of its two monthly meetings Tuesday night. It meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Parish House on 14th and Locust Streets. All meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information on NAMI Dubuque, visit the organization's Website HERE.

The main NAMI Website is HERE.

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