Living With Mental Illness
Free Presentation May 13

brainerase1The reality of what it’s like to live with a mental illness will be the topic of a special NAMI Western Carolina presentation May 13 during national Mental Health Month. The free presentation from members of NAMI’s In Our Own Voice program seeks to change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes connected with mental illness through the power of personal first-hand accounts. It begins at 6 p.m. at First Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, Asheville.

In helping dispel myths and misconceptions related to mental illness, presenters will convey that its possible – and common – to live and live well with a mental health diagnosis and that recovery is possible.

Presenters for this special presentation will be John Morison and Kitty Richards. A native Western Carolinian, John earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina Sate University. He’s worked as an independent computer contractor and owned his own computer business.  Since 2008, he has been a Certified Peer Support Specialist and worked for various area mental health providers.

Kitty moved to Black Mountain eight years ago and has been active in NAMI for many years. In addition to being an In Our Own Voice presenter, she is a writer, singer/song-writer and activist.  Her award-wining memoir Battles of a Bipolar Buddhist reveals a dark past before Buddhism helped her become a winner in life, who now in turn helps others become winners too.