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Mental health experts to speak at symposium

Published: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

BARRINGTON – In recognition of national Mental Illness Awareness Week, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will host a Behavior Health Symposium from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today.

The Office for Mission and Spiritual Care at Advocate Good Shepherd has teamed up with counselors, physicians, and community leaders to share the latest information on mental and behavioral health.

The symposium will have Hugh Brady, president of the board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, as keynote speaker, along with other mental health board members and physicians within the community.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the country’s largest grass-roots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of millions of Americans through community outreach, education and advocacy.

According to a recent survey, one in four Americans – about 57.7 million people – are diagnosed with some form of mental disorder. Mental illness includes depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, borderline personality and obsessive compulsive disorders, among many others.

Mental illness accounts for more disability claims than do both cancer and heart disease in America, resulting in an estimated loss of $255.4 billion annually.

Although, there is no cure for mental illness, treatment plans that incorporate medication and talk therapy can be highly effective. Up to 90 percent of patients who obtain treatment recover from their symptoms. However, about two-thirds of those diagnosed go without treatment, usually because of an inability to access care or the stigma associated with mental illness in society. 

The Behavior Health Symposium will be in the Prairie and Lakeview rooms at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Route 22, Barrington.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register by calling 1-800-323-8622 or online at advocatehealth.com; use seminar code: 3M04.

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