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The Basilica Presents Mental Health Author Series

The Basilica of Saint Mary Mental Health Ministry is honored to present the Mental Health Author Series in partnership with Trinity Episcopal Church Mental Health Initiative and Excelsior Bay Books. The series will begin with author Mary Cregan Thursday, September 12 at The Basilica of Saint Mary. 
Cregan will read from and discuss her new book, The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery, a graceful and penetrating memoir interweaving the author’s descent into depression with a medical and cultural history of the illness. Cregan will sign books following the presentation and copies will be available for purchase.
Janet Grove, the Mental Health Ministry coordinator at The Basilica said, “We are proud to launch this new series with our presenting partners to bring awareness to mental health to our community. We are working to remove the stigma of talking about mental health and bring openness to the conversation.” 
The Scar
Mental Health Author Series
Author Mary Cregan 
The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery 
The Basilica of Saint Mary
Thursday, September 12
Teresa of Calcutta Hall, Lower Level
Free of charge
About Basilica of Saint Mary
The Basilica of Saint Mary, located in downtown Minneapolis, is a welcoming Catholic community committed to the well-being of the city. It is a center for the arts and a place of refuge for the poor. The Basilica provides quality liturgy, religious education, pastoral care, and hospitality to all. The parish is the spiritual home to over 6,500 families of all ages, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. 
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It's great to have a discussion on mental health. However, too often that is limited to depression or bipolar. That is extremely important, as they have been hidden from view and open conversation up till now. What I dont hear about yet is accurate, public information on schophrenia and people who are saddled with it, like me. This is still kept in the dark and so people are afraid of it and people like me. Lack of knowledge of this doesn't just hurt the public and people who are afraid of getting help, it hurts those of us who are getting help but afraid of trying to set up a support system, which hurts our treatment of the disease. Might I suggest a book titled Surviving Schizophrenia by E. Fuller Torrey, MD. Or a booklet on schizophrenia from the National institute of Mental Health. I'm sure NAMI has other resources as well. There is a NAMI walk on Sept. 28th I think if you are interested. There, I got that off my chest. Thanks for letting me do that.


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