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Women At Risk: Women And Mental Health
Special television series airing across the country

For Immediate Release, 10 Nov 99
Contact: Chris Marshall

"One in four Americans has a family member with mental illness." Women and Mental Health, the third show of the "Women at Risk" series, covers a variety of mental health issues facing American women, ranging from diagnosis to treatment to the stigma of mental illness. In a one-on-one interview, Tipper Gore, the wife of the Vice President and Advisor to the President on Mental Health, will discuss her efforts to destigmatize mental illness and provide better care to those suffering from mental illness.

NAMI's public service announcement featuring Mrs. Gore is featured in this program.

The program takes an in-depth look at the most common mental illnesses afflicting women today and new medical breakthroughs in science, research, and medicine that have brought us new understanding of the brain and the connections between mental and physical health.

The program will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX affiliates across the country through December. Visit "Women at Risk" at http://www.allhealth.com/womenatrisk for local TV listings and for a link to NAMI's Web site.


This coming Sunday, Nov 14, at 9pm EST and midnight EST, the Learning Channel will be airing a program on the plasticity of the brain. The title of the program is "The Amazing Brain" and will feature the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (BrainBank) and former NAMI Board member Dr. Jill Taylor who discusses her recovery from a catastrophic stroke and the need for brain donations to further the understanding and treatment of mental illness. For more information about the BrainBank go to http://www.mcleanhospital.org/brainbank.html or call the NAMI HelpLine at 1-800-950-6264.

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