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Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 5-9: How can we help?

Mental illness has been part of my life since I was a child. Four of my six family members were hospitalized with diagnoses ranging from schizophrenia to borderline personality disorder to depression. Where some people saw my family members only as “patients,” to me, they were always known as mom, dad, Gary and Stephanie. We loved each other and, together, worked through life’s rough spots.

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