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Mental Illness Public Policy

NAMI North Carolina's Ann Akland is an example of how individuals can influence public dialogue on mental illness. She gives specific examples of what needs to be done to improve care in her community in her letter to the editor of the News Observer. With Mental Illness Awareness Week approaching (Oct. 1-7) it's a good time to think about writing your own letter to the editor. For suggestions, visit