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Clubhouse of Suffolk to Host 15th Annual Mental Illness Awareness Day
Date:10/15/2007

Celebrated Authors, Researchers and Health Professionals Gather at Mental

Health Conference in Melville, New York on Friday, November 2nd

NEW YORK, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of National Mental Illness Awareness Week, the 15th Annual Long Island Mental Illness Awareness Day presented by Clubhouse of Suffolk, Inc., will be held on Friday, November 2, 2007 at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, NY from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. More than 1,000 individuals, families, students, and health care professionals are expected to be in attendance.

This year's Keynote Speaker will be Author Pete Earley. Mr. Earley's most recent book, "Crazy: A Father's Journey Through America's Mental Health Madness" was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction. In addition to Mr. Earley's appearance, the Featured Speaker will be Researcher Dori S. Hutchinson, Sc.D. Hutchinson is the Director of Services at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Adjunct Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University.

"We're excited about this year's program because it will feature issues that interest everyone, with our cutting-edge workshops, distinguished speakers and behavioral health trade show," commented Clubhouse Executive Director Michael Stoltz.

The all-day event will feature progressive and current workshops with experts on topics including, "Lessons Learned From Virginia Tech for Campus Communities" and "PTSD among Soldiers Returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan War."

A Behavioral Health Trade Show, featuring Long Island resources that assist people and families with mental health issues, will run all day. Sponsors for the event to date include: New York Commercial Bank and Bank of America; the law firm of Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, PC; South Oaks Hospital; Adelphi University; South Oaks Hospital; Janssen LP and the American Psychiatric Association.

The not-for-profit Clubhouse of Suffolk, Inc., founded in 1990 by families of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill (AMI), has grown to become a highly respected psychiatric rehabilitation program for people whose lives have been disrupted by mental illness. The agency now serves more than 1,200 people from two thriving centers in Suffolk County. Clubhouse's programs reduce hospitalizations while increasing productive employment and education success.

For more information about Clubhouse of Suffolk, exhibitor information and event registration, call (631) 471-7242 ext.1305 or go to http://www.clubhouseofsuffolk.org.


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