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OCU Hosts Mental Illness Awareness Program
The student-led National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) group at Oklahoma City University will host a presentation titled “In Our Own Voice” at 6 p.m. Thursday in recognition of mental health awareness week. The event is free to the public and will be held in the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center at the corner of Florida Avenue and N.W. 25th Street. The interactive presentation includes video, discussion and personal testimony from individuals living with mental illness. It is intended to help people understand how those with mental illness cope with the reality of their illness while trying to live productive lives. The presentation covers the darker days of living with mental illness, acceptance and coping, treatment and future hopes and dreams. Melissa Hakman, faculty advisor for OCU’s NAMI chapter, said the presentation will highlight the importance of helping people with mental illness. “These problems aren’t very well understood by many people in society, yet they play a significant role in several aspects of our lives,” Reese said. “Even though the problems are real and have a large impact, the subject seems to be avoided as being outside the comfort zones of public discussion. We hope this event will shed some light on the issues.” The Oklahoma NAMI chapter and the OCU Psychology Department are helping organize the event. For more information call Hakman at (405) 208-5397 or e-mail her at mhakman@okcu.edu.