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Senator Brooks to Sponsor Free Public Mental Health Forum on December 8th with National Alliance on Mental Illness

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Brooks: "With one-in-four adults living with a mental illness in any given year, we are far beyond the point for mental health discussions to be shrouded in shame or fear."

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NYS Senator John E. Brooks.

Photo by: Office of Senator John E. Brooks.

Long Island, NY - December 7, 2017 - Senator John E. Brooks will be sponsoring a free Public Education forum for the general public on Friday night, December 8th on “What is Mental Illness? - How families and others can support those struggling with mental illness”. The program, sponsored in partnership with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will be held at the Brookside School, Bellmore-Merrick CHS District Administration Building at 1260 Meadowbrook Road in North Merrick, NY from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
 
Senator Brooks is the ranking minority member on the NYS Senate Committee for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Brooks regularly convenes workshops of his Mental Health Community Task Force, which is comprised of community members who are mental health advocates and other stakeholders in the field.
 
Senator Brooks said, “With one-in-four adults living with a mental illness in any given year, we are far beyond the point for mental health discussions to be shrouded in shame or fear. Mental health is just one aspect of every person’s overall health and well-being and it deserves diagnosis, respectful treatment, education and funding the same way as society addresses other illnesses such as cancer, diabetes or heart conditions.”