Wake County

Mental illness awareness group to hold annual lunch Thursday in Raleigh

The Wake County unit of the National Alliance on Mental Illness plans to hold its ninth annual Celebration of Courage luncheon Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road.

Speakers at the event will begin at 12:45. Organizers expect up to 250 guests between those with mental illnesses and their family members, public officials and providers.

“Our goal is to raise awareness that mental illnesses are brain disorders and that with treatment there is hope and no reason for blame or shame,” NAMI-Wake County spokesperson Ann Akland said in a statement.

Guest speakers for the event are Gen. William “Buck” Kernan and his wife, Marianne. They will share their experiences living with a son who has schizophrenia – an experience which led them to found Linden Lodge, a residential program in Moore County.