The New Hope Solebury Cares free speaker series welcomes National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Education Coordinator Laurie Pepe and Outreach and Development Director Nicholas Emeigh, on Wednesday, May 29, at 7pm in the New Hope-Solebury High School library. Pepe and Emeigh will speak to the need of growing the movement to end stigma about mental health illnesses as they both have their own story with a mental health illness.
Pepe and Emeigh will have an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition. Emeigh will share his story with a mental health illness and addiction as an adolescent and young adult. Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often-misunderstood topic. Through dialogue, we can help grow the movement to end stigma.
Pepe and Emeigh will tie some of their presentation to the work NHSC does in bringing awareness to youth-oriented drug and alcohol prevention. They will speak to the fact that about half of people with mental illness abuse alcohol and other substances. Research shows that almost half of the cigarettes in the U.S. are consumed by people with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. This means that people with mental illness are about twice as likely to smoke.
Pepe does not consider her job just a job, but a vocation, a calling, an honor and a privilege as she continues to learn, be inspired by and form relationships with such inspiring people. Pepe has worked within the behavioral health system with transition aged youth and adults for many years. Being passionate about sharing his story has given Emiegh the motivation to ensure that those with shared experiences do not feel the shame and stigma he experienced and that NAMI Bucks County, PA reflects their mission of building better lives for those affected by mental illness.
This speaker series is sponsored monthly by New Hope Solebury Cares. NHS Cares is a federally funded, youth-oriented, drug and alcohol prevention organization whose mission is to work together to support a safe, healthy, addiction free community. A coalition meeting will be held immediately following the featured speaker to update the community on NHSC outreach programs and identify what role you can play as a volunteer.
For more information, contact Zachary Mahon at firstname.lastname@example.org
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