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October 20, 2005

Depression Conference in Pennsylvania

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pennsylvania (NAMI-PA), announced the theme of the statewide conference, "Depression: Its Impact on the Workplace, Home and Community," to be held on Friday, October 28, 2005, through Sunday, October 30, 2005, at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel in Harrisburg, cosponsored by the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

NAMI-PA will offer a Criminal Justice Symposium on Thursday, October 27, for district justices, sheriffs, police officers, attorneys, and others involved in the criminal justice system.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

RICHARD J. CODEY, ACTING GOVERNOR OF NEW JERSEY, is the keynote
speaker at the conference luncheon on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH. Governor
Codey is a well-known and fervent Mental Health Advocate, and we are
honored to have him as our keynote speaker.

PAMELA SPIRO WAGNER and CAROLYN S. SPIRO, M.D., authors of Divided
Minds, will speak at the luncheon on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29. Told in
the alternating voices of the twin sisters, Divided Minds is a
heartbreaking account of mental illness in one identical twin, while
her sister goes on to become a psychiatrist. The book explores the
depths of ambivalence and love between twins.

THE HONORABLE SANDRA SCHULTZ NEWMAN, Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Justice, is the keynote speaker for the Criminal Justice Symposium,
"Systems Integration - Coming Together," on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27th.
Justice Newman is the first woman to be elected to Pennsylvania's
highest court.

For information call 1-800-223-0500, or visit the website at http://namipa.nami.org/ .

National and state experts will provide information regarding causes, treatment and prevention strategies to address depression.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, with more than 220,000 members, is the nation's leading grassroots advocacy organization solely dedicated to improving the lives of persons with severe mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness), major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and severe anxiety disorders.

NAMI Pennsylvania is a grassroots self-help, support, education and advocacy organization, with 60 affiliate chapters across the state, with more than 9000 members, including consumers, their families, advocates, and mental health professionals.

CONTACT: Bonnie Squires for NAMI Pennsylvania, +1-610-649-0998, or
Cellular: +1-610-329-6826

Web site: http://namipa.nami.org/

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