As part of Mental Awareness Month, Butler Hospital will co-sponsor the Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness In The Family exhibit in May at the North Kingstown Free Library and in June at the Cumberland Public Library.
Nothing to Hide, a touring photo exhibit created by Family Diversity Projects, Inc. of Amherst, Massachusetts, provides people coping with mental illness and their families an opportunity to come out of the shadows and into the public eye. The exhibit consists of photographs and interviews with individuals and families whose lives have been affected by schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, major depression and other serious brain disorders. The compelling stories of children, siblings, parents, grandparents and extended family members demonstrate strength, courage, integrity and accomplishment in the face of adversity and stigma.
Additionally, Butler Hospital will present the following topics at the libraries in May and June:
Is It a Phase or An Illness? Diagnosing Mental Illness in Teens presented by Drs. Dawn Picotte, Gerald Tarnoff and Paul Collins.
- 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, North Kingstown Free Library
- 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, Cumberland Public Library
Diagnosing and Treating Memory and Aging Problems, presented by members of the Memory and Aging Program at Butler.
- 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, North Kingstown Free Library
- 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, Cumberland Public Library
All events are free and open to the public. For more details on the exhibit and lectures, contact the North Kingstown Free Library at 401-294-3306, or the Cumberland Library at 401-333-2552.
Butler Hospital is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, adolescents and children in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The flagship hospital for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research.