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Letter: Get a better appreciation for those with mental illness

NAMI stands for National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. There are five presentations during March. These include In Our Own Voice presentations, where talks are given by people who tell their own stories.

It's pretty important to educate the public. That's why In Our Own Voice is such a valuable and worthwhile cause. Many people don't want anything to do with people of this nature.

Peer to Peer is a class people with a mental illness can take and learn about our disease.

Family to Family is another class offering support to and for family and friends of those who have a mental illness.

Both support groups are offered at Luther Memorial Church, across from the UWRF campus, every other Thursday at 6:30 p.m. These support groups deal with suicidal thoughts, depression, and also problems related to major diseases, including alcoholic tendencies.

The St. Croix and Pierce County chapter of NAMI meets Thursday, March 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the board room at River Falls Public Library.

All are welcome to come and ask questions. There is no charge to attend these meetings.

If you know of a group, whether from a church, school or whatever, that would like to participate or learn more about the classes or presentations I've mentioned, feel free to call me at 715-425-1412 or Bruce or Chris at 715-425-6137.