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Campus Exhibits for Mental Illness Awareness Week

In cooperation with the National Mental Illness Association at MICA

Posted 10.04.15 by Allison Fischbach

As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, The Decker Library has partnered with the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI) at MICA to present a display of materials pertaining to mental illness and the art community.

This year's initiative aims to make mental illness StigmaFree. The week will focus on learning about and educating others on mental illness, looking past the diagnosis, and taking action on mental health issues. On Monday, Oct. 5, NAMI at MICA will celebrate National Day Without Stigma with a table set up in the Meyerhoff building where students can sign the Stigma Free pledge, learn more information, and pick up stickers.

In addition to this display, NAMI at MICA is planning a "wear green" day on Wednesday, Oct. 7, to show support for Mental Illness Awareness. They will also participate a gallery show, "First the Pain I," which will have an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the Brown Center's Rosenberg Gallery.

The exhibit combines work by MICA students and regional artists to explore the pain of suffering with a mental illness or addiction, and the effects of a loved one's condition. This event is presented by the New Day Campaign, an arts-based initiative to challenge the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and addiction.

On Friday, Oct. 9, NAMI will again have a table in the Meyerhoff building to support National Depression Screening Day and provide information, screenings, and resources.  That evening they will host a film screening  in the Meyerhoff Underground.

To cap the week, on Saturday, Oct. 10, MICA will be host the "Big Share," a half-day event in Brown Center's Falvey Hall. Keynote speakers are Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner, and Alison Malmon, Founding Director of Active Minds, as well as individuals sharing experiences, perspectives, and insights on topics ranging from confronting the onset of mental illness in college to the importance of access to Naloxone to reverse otherwise fatal opiate overdoses. The event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

On your way through the library this week, we encourage you to take a moment to browse our selection on display in the front window and New Materials area.

For further information visit www.nami.org. To seek help or support, NAMI's helpline number is 800-950-6264 or email info@nami.org. To learn more about NAMI at MICA, visit their Facebook page.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.