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Chatham University Nursing Program to Host Mental Health Awareness Symposium on Oct 14, 2015

PITTSBURGH: the Chatham University Nursing Program’s Chi Zeta Chapter Honor Society of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International will be holding a Mental Health Awareness Symposium on October 14, 2015 at 6:00pm in Eddy Theater on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. Registration and refreshments will begin at 6pm, followed by “Awareness across America: The Strength of a Story” presentation by Ian Cummins, RN.

Following the presentation, a documentary of three inspiring stories related to people living with schizophrenia will be viewed, and the symposium will close with “Bridges of Hope,” a presentation by Michelle Doas, Ed. D, MSN, RN. During the event, a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) information table will be set up. The event is open for all students and community members.

Ian Cummins is active in public speaking on behalf of raising awareness for mental illness. He is currently an RN at a local hospital in the Evaluation and Referral Center, which is comprised of patients with behavioral health conditions. He also has experience as a critical care nurse. Mr. Cummins is active in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Southwestern Pennsylvania and actively serves as a member on their board of directors.

The documentary describes people who are united by the hope and empowerment they have gained with support from their unique recovery teams. They share a common message that people with schizophrenia can have a meaningful life. Their stories serve as a reminder that people living with schizophrenia deserve respect and hope along their journey.

Dr. Doas is Associate Professor of Nursing at Chatham University and the President of Chi Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. She is also a professional Staff Nurse in Behavioral Health and a member of NAMI in Southwestern Pennsylvania.