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 Event To Build Awareness of Mental Health Needs in the Community 
"it's a Community Affair" Set for Friday, November 19 at University of Southern Maine 

On Friday, November 19, "It's a Community Affair" will offer a half-day of presentations and discussions about mental illness in Maine.  Presented by Spring Harbor Hospital, in partnership with Maine Medical Center and the University of Southern Maine, the event will take place in the Talbot Lecture Hall on the USM Campus from 9 am to 12:30 pm.  It is free and open to the public.

"The focus of the event is to encourage discourse about the factors that contribute to optimal mental health," said Michelle Zichella, Director of Communications and Development at Spring Harbor Hospital, and the event's organizer. "Our speakers will address how a community can support the mental health needs of its members and how we can break down the stigma associated with mental illness."

Presenters include: Dennis King, President of Spring Harbor Hospital; Doug Robbins, M.D., Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center; Millicent Monks, author of Songs of Three Islands, A Story of Mental Illness in an Iconic American Family; Robert Small, Psy.D., Clinical Director of USM's Health and Clinical Services; and Vincent Flaherty, Director, USM School of Social Work.

A variety of mental health providers will also have information available at the event. Exhibitors include: Maine Mental Health Partners, Spring Harbor Hospital, Maine Medical Center, NAMI-Maine, Spurwink, and Shalom House.  

Space is limited. To register, call 761-2239 or email








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