Book in Common Event: Living with Mental Illness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 02-16-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Brooks Thorlaksson
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
530-898-5351

There will be a panel presentation by Butte Behavioral Health and Stamp Out Stigma on the challenges of living with mental illness on Monday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., in PAC 134. Part of the Book in Common program in the community and on campus at California State University, Chico, the event is free and open to the public.

Music, homelessness and mental illness are three of the major issues explored in “The Soloist,” the community book in common for 2009-2010. The presentation will include an in-depth and very personal look at the challenges presented by mental illnesses. Janine Cuellar, MSW and LCSW, coordinator of Butte Behavioral Health’s Wellness and Recovery Center, will moderate a panel of presentations focusing on how schizophrenia, depression, bi-polar, anxiety, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder play out in a given life.

“Our panelists have lived their lives with many challenges because of their diagnosis but are now starting to have many successes due to a paradigm shift from the medical model to the recovery model, a model that encourages people to be much more proactive in their treatment,” noted Brooks Thorlaksson, CSU, Chico associate dean and coordinator of community and campus Book in Common events.

For more information contact Thorlaksson at 898-5351 or bthorlaksson@csuchico.edu, or visit the Book in Common Web site, http://www.csuchico.edu/bic/index.shtml

The Book in Common is a shared, community read, designed to promote discussion and understanding of important issues facing the CSU, Chico campus and the broader community. The author of “The Soloist,” Steve Lopez, will visit campus on Tuesday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. He will talk about the book and what he learned about friendship, second chances and music. Tickets are available at the University Box Office at 530-898-6333 or online at Chico Perfromances’ Web site, http://www.csuchico.edu/upe/performance/artists/Stevelopez.html .

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