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Photo Exhibit Will Raise Mental Health Awareness & Funds

(September 17, 2007)-An exhibit opening next week at the UNE Art Gallery in Portland will feature the courageous stories and candid portraits of local residents who are living with mental health concerns. Faces of the Mind: Portraits of Mental Illness runs September 26 through November 25, 2007, with an opening fundraising gala slated for the evening of September 25.

Faces of the Mind is the brainchild of Portland resident and photographer Jerry Robinov. It is his latest in a series of photo essays that focus on local people who are living with life-threatening illnesses. Among his previous projects was Portraits of Courage--Voices of Hope, which featured the photos and stories of local breast cancer survivors.

Like his past health-focused photography exhibits, Robinov's Faces of the Mind was designed to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental illness. In the U.S, one in four people will experience a mental health concern at some point in their lives.  According to the World Health Organization, the illness will be the number one cause of disability worldwide by 2010.

"So many people are affected by this issue, whether in their family or circle of friends and associates," Robinov says. "This show honors those who have worked hard to maintain their mental health, and it offers hope to others in our community who are touched by the illness."

In addition to raising mental health awareness, the Faces of the Mind opening night gala aims to raise funds for Spring Harbor Hospital of Westbrook, the state's largest provider of nonprofit mental health treatment, physician-training, and research programs. WGME-TV's Kim Block will host the event and the Tony Boffa Trio will provide entertainment. Ticket information is available from the Spring Harbor Hospital Development Office at 207-761-2239.

"We are grateful to Jerry for his recognition of this important health issue and to all those who agreed to share their stories with him," notes Spring Harbor Hospital CEO Dennis King. "Spring Harbor is indebted to Jerry not only for his fundraising support, but also for his respectful artistic vision and his compassion for others. We are pleased to count him among Spring Harbor's friends."

With the exception of the opening night gala fundraiser, the Faces of the Mind exhibit is free to the public. For gallery hours, please visit or call 207-602-2626.

Spring Harbor Hospital is Maine's largest provider of nonprofit mental health treatment programs and home to The Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the region's center of excellence for youth mental health treatment, training, and research. To learn more, visit

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