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New series: Understanding Mental Illness

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 25-Nov. 15
Fellowship Hall (Main)

What it's about: Each diagnosis of a mental illness is a chance for the church community to love and support those who are suffering. Whether from lack of knowledge or fear of the unknown, we too often miss chances to assist people on this path. It is time to bring mental illness awareness into the pews. Join us for a series at Covenant that also welcomes friends from First Presbyterian and Myers Park Presbyterian.

This program is sponsored by Covenant's Health & Wellness Committee. You will find a table filled with resources and materials to connect you (or a loved one) with assistance.

Oct. 25: One Woman’s Story - Living, Surviving and Thriving with a Mental Illness
Through sharing her own story, Beth Purdy works to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Beth’s message is informative, honest and, most of all, filled with hope.

A dynamic speaker and passionate advocate, Beth considers it a calling to share her powerful, faith-driven and inspirational message. With her honest and engaging stories, Beth offers a valuable testimony with a few surprising insights along the way.

Nov. 1: Mental Illness as a Disease of the Brain
Kevin Marra, MD, Hopeway’s Director of Medical Services, explains symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of specific disorders.

Dr. Marra was most recently on staff at Carolinas Healthcare System, where he was instrumental in the opening the Mindy Ellen Levine Behavioral Health Center in Davidson. He has always been committed to education and teaching, and was actively involved in teaching of medical students, nursing students, pharmacy students as well as undergraduates with interests in behavioral health.

Nov. 8: The Need for Early Mental Illness Detection in Adolescents and Teens
Dr. Bradley Reddick of Eastover Psychological Group discusses the need for early intervention. Fifty percent of all mental disorders develop before age 14. How can we distinguish between “normal” teenage behavior and early symptoms of mental illness in our children?

Nov. 15: Navigating Mental Health Care in Charlotte
Martha Whitecotton, from Behavioral Health at CHS, helps us understand how to seek treatment options available in the Charlotte area.