Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Pressconnects.com: Mental health is serious business -- except when it's not

Pressconnects.com reports:

Programs to offer education, laughs

One in four adults suffers from a mental disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health.

For something that's so common, it's hard to understand why it's so stigmatized. That is, until you think back a few decades, when the "c" word -- cancer -- was taboo, too.

Mark your calendar now: The Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier has a full palette of programs coming up for the public in May, which is Mental Health Month.

The Mental Health Players will kick off the month with their presentation of the hit Broadway play "Beyond Therapy" written by Christopher Durang. The play revolves around the quirky lives of Bruce and Prudence, a couple who meet on a blind date. They are both deeply involved in therapy with hilariously incompetent psychiatrists, says Brian O'Connell, Self-Help Independence Project assistant director. It's meant for an adult audience and space is limited, so call ahead, he advises.

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