By: Dr. Jenny Nelson
By Tom Walker, National Alliance of Mental Health
January is Mental Health Month. Accordingly, it is appropriate that we turn our attention this month to the truly dismal way persons with mental illnesses are treated in this country and to the efforts made by both our region’s grossly under funded mental health system and by the Athens Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to alleviate the impact of a State and National disgrace.
Sometimes I find myself going around in circles. Those who see me and know me chuckle. Others look at me strangely. A few even ask if I am lost. I’m only trying to find the smoothest and less obstructive way to get from here to there. I know. You hear me beat this drum all of the time, but if you use a wheelchair and get to a point on the sidewalk where there is a deep hole or a wide crevice, around in circles you will go. And it’s not only Athens.
By Beth Mishler
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 4-8 p.m., students and community members alike gathered at Grover Center to celebrate and recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). IDPD has been celebrated worldwide since 1992, but this was the first time it was celebrated at Ohio University.