TriCity Family Services presents: ‘A Layperson’s Guide to Mental Illness’

By on June 2, 2012

ST CHARLES— In hopes of de-stigmatizing mental illness and create further awareness, TriCity Family Services will present an educational seminar, “A Layperson’s Guide to Mental Illness.”

Attendees will learn what mental illness is, how prevalent it is nationally and locally, the economic impact of untreated mental illness,and what they can do to end the stigma of mental illness in their community.

The program will be presented by Sheri O’Brien, Sr. clinician/consultant, and Miranda Barfuss, development manager, on Tuesday, May 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Library, 1 S. 6th Ave., St. Charles. This presentation is being provided free of charge, and all are welcome to attend.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and TriCity Family Services calls on you to help to provide support and acceptance to those facing mental health issues. Mental health disorders affect one in four individuals in a given year and it can occur in any family regardless of income, race, education or environment.

Mental illness is shrouded in a stigma created by myths and false information.For additional information, call TriCity Family Services at (630) 232-1070 or visit