Monday, March 30, 2009

Picture This: Mental Health In Pittsburgh

On Friday, NAMI participated in a unique event called Picture This: Mental Health in Pittsburgh. The Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) coordinated this event along with WPXI-TV and Congressman Tim Murphy. The goal was to bring together people in the mental health community and the news media to raise awareness of mental illness.

With over 50 attendees, including directors of local organizations, medical experts, consumers of mental health services, communications professionals and the media, it was quite an interesting event!

They split the group into tables of 10. After lunch and remarks, each group deliberated the top issues we face today in regard to mental illness. Then each table reported its findings to the room.

Key media personalities, including news anchor David Johnson from WPXI (pictured below), Mark Roth from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Erika Beras from WDUQ-FM, explained how we can help them more accurately and positively cover mental illness in the news.

Our Development and Marketing Manager Darcey Garda sat at a table that included (pictured below) Lois Lutz from the Alzheimer's Association and Dr. Ann Mitchell from Pitt.

NAMI's volunteer advocate Dick Jevon is seen here with James Kindler of Allegheny HealthChoices.

And our Associate Director Debbie Ference is pictured below with Sara Salmon-Cox of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

The event took place in the new eco-friendly WPXI building on Evergreen Road in the North Hills.