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DMH to Help Children, Families Overcome Fear of Mental Illness

Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Four town hall meetings will be held this fall to help children and families overcome mental illness fears.

Fear of mental illness is the main reason people do not get help. In the case of children and youth, their own fears and those of their parents can result in tragedy. The DC Department of Mental Health School Mental Health Program is sponsoring four town hall meetings at District churches so families can learn about handling behavior problems, how to tell if their child is depressed and how to access mental health services. Howard University psychologist Dr. Donna Barnes will lead the discussions. Participants also will receive dinner and door prizes. Childcare will be provided.

WHO: DMH School Mental Health Program
Dr. Donna Barnes, psychologist, Howard University
WHAT: Four Town Hall Meetings to address fear of mental illness and identify possible suicidal thinking and behavior among children and youth
WHEN and
Monday, September 25, 6 pm to 9 pm
Pilgrim Baptist Church
700 I Street, NE

Tuesday, October 17, 6 pm to 9 pm
Israel Baptist Church
1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE


Thursday, October 19, 6 pm to 9 pm
New Samaritan Baptist Church
1100 Florida Avenue, NE


Tuesday, October 24, 6 pm to 9 pm
Shiloh Baptist Church
1500 9th Street, NW

For more information, contact DMH STOP Suicide Project Director Julie Goldstein Grumet, PhD at [email protected] or (202) 673-2294.