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Berks seeks to erase the stigma of mental illness



Before the game "Reading Fightin Phils" a public event was held.

Reading, PA

Nicole Amenheuser felt anxious and depressed in her first year of college.

"I fought with mental health." After getting the help she needed, Kutztown University in England joined the NAMI on campus, a student-run health organization that is an extension of the National Alliance on Mental Illness

"I decided that I should help others Wanted to help students who might also be fighting, "said Amenheuser, 22, from Kutztown, who served as the campus public relations officer

She and other members of the group were on Friday for Strike Out the Stigma, a public awareness event the game Reading Fightin Phils at First Energy Stadium. As part of the Berks County Mental Health and Developmental Disability Healthy Transitions program, the event sought to raise public awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.

"We are fortunate enough to have the Kuttown NAMI here," said Lauren Heydt, Program Manager Healthy Transitions. "It's great because these are young people in our focus age group."

Healthy Transitions is a five-year scholarship program run by the State Department of Human Services focused on the general public and 1

6- to 25-year-olds at risk of developing or have already identified a serious mental illness.

According to the National Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third most frequent cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds and prevention.

"If you notice someone who is resisting, just start a conversation," Dr. Edward B. Michalik, Administrator for the district mental health and developmental disability system.

Michalik wore a blue, swollen pillow the slogan "ru OK?" His staff have made him, he said, adding that he has an important message. The idea is to encourage more people to ask "are you alright?" Deliver. In his schools, jobs and communities, he said.

Mental illness is treatable and suicide is preventable, said Allison DeStefano, 24, of Scranton, President of Kuttown NAMI, but many individuals are not seeking help because of the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide

"The more people talk about it, the more More awareness will increase and stigmatization will decrease, "said the clinical psychological counselor. "We are here to eradicate this stigma."

Contact Michelle N. Lynch: 610-371-5084 or mlynch@readingeagle.com.


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