Mental Illness Awareness Week starts Oct. 1

Staff Report

Mental Illness Awareness Week is the first week in October, and as the month proceeds, several events are planned to increase public awareness of a problem that is always in our midst.

The Art of Healing Gallery will be held Oct. 1-15 at Barnes & Noble in CherryVale Mall. Art will be showcased with special displays related to behavioral health by Barnes & Noble. The Art of Healing Gallery will be included in the Fall ArtScene by the Rockford Area Arts Council Oct. 14-15.

A Mental Health Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at CherryVale Mall. More than 40 displays of health providers will be located throughout the mall.

A Mental Health Rally will be from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, at the Winnebago County Justice Center, corner of West State and Winnebago streets in Rockford. Objective is to increase awareness of the problem and how it impacts the community.

Red Flags in Children’s Behavior will be presented by the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) in conjunction with Rockford Public School District 205 Parent and Community Empowerment Department from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Lincoln Middle School Auditorium. This will be a free presentation with free childcare provided.

Bowling for Recovery will be a recreational fund-raiser from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, at Forest Hills Lanes, 7742 Forest Hills Road. Cost is $15 per person, and includes bowling, shoes, pizza, pop and more. Call (815) 963-2470 to register.

The Kennedy 5K Walk/Run for Mind, Body & Soul will be held beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at Rosecrance Berry Campus, 8616 Northern Ave., Rockford. Go to to register. This is a competitive 5K or 1-mile fitness walk. Local Road Runners Club and other intermediate or beginner runners will compete, along with family, mental health or community walkers, and teams will compete for pledge donation totals. Family participation is emphasized to help raise funds for local volunteers in mental health services, and also raise funds for Group Hope support services for people with depression and bipolar disorder as well as for other local mental health needs. For more information, go to

From the Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2011, issue

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