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MIAWMental Illness Awareness Week Goes to Capitol Hill
Psychiatric News
Volume 38 Number 21 page 6-6
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Former APA president and NIMH director Herbert Pardes, M.D. (center), greets Ramiro Guevara of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill at the symposium that organization and APA sponsored on Capitol Hill last month. Looking on is APA Medical Director James H. Scully Jr., M.D.

Last month’s Capitol Hill symposium on mental illness (see story at left) was designed to eradicate stigma and focus on timely issues affecting people with mental illness. About 100 members of Congress, their staffs, and representatives from federal agencies and allied advocacy groups attended.
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Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.)

"It’s amazing that prejudice and discrimination still occur when today’s scientific research is at the cutting edge," said APA Medical Director James H. Scully Jr., M.D., when he welcomed the attendees.
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Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.)

"It’s amazing that prejudice and discrimination still occur when today’s scientific research is at the cutting edge," said APA Medical Director James H. Scully Jr., M.D., when he welcomed the attendees.
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Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.)

Symposium moderator Herbert Pardes, M.D., president and CEO of New York Presbyterian Hospital System and a former APA president, noted there has been heightened awareness of mental illness since the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
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Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.)

Symposium moderator Herbert Pardes, M.D., president and CEO of New York Presbyterian Hospital System and a former APA president, noted there has been heightened awareness of mental illness since the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
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Richard Birkel, Ph.D., president of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), brought the perspective of patients and their families to the symposium.

Richard Birkel, Ph.D., president of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), stressed the importance of representing the public in an effort to promote diagnosis and treatment. Ramiro Guevara, NAMI’s director of its "In Our Own Voice" Consumer Affairs Team, said that recovery from mental illness is possible and that reducing stigma is critical.
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Richard Birkel, Ph.D., president of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), brought the perspective of patients and their families to the symposium.

Richard Birkel, Ph.D., president of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), stressed the importance of representing the public in an effort to promote diagnosis and treatment. Ramiro Guevara, NAMI’s director of its "In Our Own Voice" Consumer Affairs Team, said that recovery from mental illness is possible and that reducing stigma is critical.
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Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.)

Members of Congress, including Reps. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R-Ga.), Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), and Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), praised cosponsors APA and NAMI and the speakers for raising awareness and helping to eliminate the stigma of mental illness. ▪
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Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.)

Members of Congress, including Reps. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R-Ga.), Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), and Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), praised cosponsors APA and NAMI and the speakers for raising awareness and helping to eliminate the stigma of mental illness. ▪
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Former APA president and NIMH director Herbert Pardes, M.D. (center), greets Ramiro Guevara of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill at the symposium that organization and APA sponsored on Capitol Hill last month. Looking on is APA Medical Director James H. Scully Jr., M.D.

Last month’s Capitol Hill symposium on mental illness (see story at left) was designed to eradicate stigma and focus on timely issues affecting people with mental illness. About 100 members of Congress, their staffs, and representatives from federal agencies and allied advocacy groups attended.
Anchor for JumpAnchor for Jump

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.)

"It’s amazing that prejudice and discrimination still occur when today’s scientific research is at the cutting edge," said APA Medical Director James H. Scully Jr., M.D., when he welcomed the attendees.
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Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.)

Symposium moderator Herbert Pardes, M.D., president and CEO of New York Presbyterian Hospital System and a former APA president, noted there has been heightened awareness of mental illness since the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
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Richard Birkel, Ph.D., president of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), brought the perspective of patients and their families to the symposium.

Richard Birkel, Ph.D., president of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), stressed the importance of representing the public in an effort to promote diagnosis and treatment. Ramiro Guevara, NAMI’s director of its "In Our Own Voice" Consumer Affairs Team, said that recovery from mental illness is possible and that reducing stigma is critical.
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Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.)

Members of Congress, including Reps. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R-Ga.), Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), and Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), praised cosponsors APA and NAMI and the speakers for raising awareness and helping to eliminate the stigma of mental illness. ▪

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