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NAMI Medical Director Honored with APA Patient Advocacy Award; Appears in CNN Health and Huffington Post Columns
Date:5/26/2010

Ken Duckworth, M.D. honored at the organization’s 2010 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

(PRWEB) -- Ken Duckworth, M.D., medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), has been honored with the Patient Advocacy Award of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at the organization’s 2010 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Dr. Duckworth is also featured today in a special CNN Health column and was a guest blogger last week in the The Huffington Post, writing about the diagnosis of mental illness in children and stigma confronting parents.

The Patient Advocacy Award recognizes a public figure respected for personal accomplishments and beliefs, who has promoted the improvement of services for people coping with mental disorders and substance abuse. The award also recognizes an individual who has fought stigma by speaking out about experiences with mental illness and psychiatric treatment.

“As the child of two wonderful parents who lived with serious psychiatric problems, I know firsthand how mental illness can impact families,” said Dr. Duckworth. “My role as NAMI’s medical director has given me opportunities to engage and support those affected by mental illness through education, support and advocacy.

Psychiatry has come a long way in understanding and better helping families, but there is still more work ahead of us. I am humbled to accept this award on
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