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OCU Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Week
Oklahoma City University is doing its part to recognize Mental Health Awareness Week at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, with a special presentation of “In Our Own Voices.” The award-winning documentary will be shown in the OCU in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business, McKinley Avenue and Northwest 27th Street. Dr. Mel Preisz, professor of psychology, said the topic of mental illness has become one of the most important current concerns in the overall discussion of national health care. “Mental Illness needs to needs to be de-stigmatized, re-claimed in today’s health care importance on parity with medical care for physical illnesses, and supported by Congress and the president, elected officials and insurance provisions much more than ever been before,” Preisz said. “One out of five individuals, according to recent research, is currently suffering from an undiagnosed and untreated mental disorder, and our students and community need to know more about how to understand these very significant health conditions and receive the good news that they are treatable.” “In Our Own Voices” features individuals from the Oklahoma City community who are currently recovering from severe mental illness who will answer questions about their conditions. A panel discussion with experts will follow the screening to answer questions about the nature of mental illness, its diagnosis, treatment and the recovery process. The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments and brochures will be provided courtesy of OCU’s Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology and the Department of Psychology, all of which are co-sponsoring the event honoring the importance of mental health along with the Oklahoma Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). For information and details contact Dr. Wayne McGuire, coordinator for NAMI, at (405) 818-9401 or Dr. Melissa Hakeman at Oklahoma City University, advisor for Psi Chi, at (405) 208-5397.