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NAMI McHenry County to kick off First Friday Flicks

Published: Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 12:00 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – NAMI McHenry County kicks off its First Friday Flicks series Friday with a showing of “No Kidding?!! Me Too!”

September is National Recovery Month, meant to promote the message that behavioral health is essential for everyone, prevention works, treatment is effective and people do recover from mental illness.

“No Kidding?!! Me Too!” addresses the stigma associated with mental health concerns. Through sharing the stories of several individuals from all walks of life, all affected by some form of mental illness, this documentary strives to empower people to talk about their struggles and find the support they need. 

First Friday Flicks is meant to raise awareness, instigate conversation and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. 

Other movies and conversations: 

• Oct. 4: “Front of the Class” portrays the true story about someone challenged by Tourette’s syndrome who becomes a gifted teacher. 

• Nov. 1: “Canvas” features the story of struggles to cope with a family member’s diagnosis of schizophrenia.  

• Dec. 6: “Of Two Minds” explores challenging decisions a sister has to make about her younger sister, who has schizophrenia. 

• Jan. 3: “Depression Out of the Shadows” is a documentary that looks at the complexities of depression through portrayals of families and individuals. 

• Feb. 7: “The Soloist” puts a human face on homelessness and schizophrenia. 

• March 7: “Silver Linings Playbook” questions perceptions of psychiatric “cures” and promotes the importance of community involvement. 

• April 4: “A Beautiful Mind” presents the true story of a prominent mathematician who struggles with schizophrenia, and his wife who comes to terms with his illness. 

These films will be featured at the Community Resource Center, 620 Dakota St., in Crystal Lake at 7 p.m. 

No child care is available. Please note these topics can be triggers for some people, and if a topic might be a trigger, consider carefully whether to attend.

For information about NAMI McHenry County, visit www.namimchenrycounty.org or call 815-308-0851. 

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