Public Invited to Mental Health Symposium May 23

Anyone interested in learning more about mental illness and how to cope with it is invited to attend a free Mental Health Symposium the evening of Thursday, May 23 at Stafford Hospital. Offered in recognition of May as Mental Health Month, this event sponsored by Mary Washington Healthcare will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.

Local citizens, representing the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), will share their personal accounts of coping with mental illness as part of the presentation “In Our Own Voice” from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  In addition, agencies and support groups will answer questions and be available to discuss their resources from 6 to 9 p.m.

What:                   Mental Health Symposium

When:                  Thursday, May 23 -- 6 to 9 p.m.

Where:                 Stafford Hospital, Conference Rooms 5 and 6

Cost:                     FREE.  No registration required.

For more information about MWHC’s Mental Health Symposium, contact Mary Ann Batsche at (540) 741-9043 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental health disorders are common in the United States. About one in four American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. Many do not recognize their illness and never seek treatment. For others, a lack of awareness of resources or where to find them creates barriers to getting help.

The continuum of mental health disorders includes depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, autism, and personality disorders. If you or someone you know suffers from mental illness, please attend the Mental Health Symposium.

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Mary Washington Healthcare is a fully integrated, regional medical system that provides emergency, inpatient, and outpatient care through over 40 facilities and services including Mary Washington Hospital, a 437-bed regional medical center, and Stafford Hospital, a 100-bed community hospital. Mary Washington Healthcare is a nonprofit health system and has a long-standing commitment to provide care regardless of ability to pay. For more information about our services and facilities, please log onto www.MaryWashingtonHealthcare.com.