Misunderstanding Mental Illness

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Updated Sun, Sep 2, 2012 7:48 pm
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Sun, Aug 26, 2012

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Host Tom Walker talks with Karen Evans

On this edition of Conversations from Studio B, host Tom Walker talks with Karen Evens, a survivor of schizophrenia and an award winning activist on behalf of people with mental illness.

Evans was a patient at the Augusta, Maine Mental Health Institute over 50 years ago. It was at Augusta that Evans witnessed some very unsettling things, including the serious lack of understanding about people suffering from mental illness.

Evans is now involved in a project to recognize and memorialize the patients who died within that hospital. She also describes the hardships her mental illness has caused her throughout her life’s journey.

For more information on the Athens chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), visit namiathensohio.org

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