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October 7 – 13 is mental illness awareness week. Theatre A La Carte’s next production—Next to Normal—focuses on the impact mental illness has on a family. Within a given year, one in four adults will experience some form of a diagnosable mental disorder. The lifetime prevalence within adults for mental disorders is 46.4 percent (Source: National Institute of Mental Health). Mental disorders can take many forms such as schizophrenia, mood disorders (bipolar disorder or depression), or personality disorders. Despite the prevalence of mental disorders in the population, mental illness is still a condition that is not commonly discussed and there is a stigma attached to the condition.

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is committed to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, and research; it also works to raise awareness of mental illness. NAMI will host a benefit performance of Next to Normal on November 15, as the production is fully aligned with its mission and message: raising awareness about mental illness. For more information, visit the NAMI Florida web site at http://www.namiflorida.org/ .


 

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