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Free mental health info meeting set for March 16 in Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - To support and educate a community in need, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on the Western Slope will host a free informational meeting at the Mesa County Health Department Saturday, March 16. Called "No More Secrets. Let's Start Talking!," it will cover suicide-prevention education for anyone interested in attending. It starts at 2:30 p.m."We decided to do quarterly events surrounding mental-health education," said Leslie Kent, president of the local chapter of NAMI. "This is our first one - 'No more secrets.' We will offer real-life stories, bring some community resources together, and let folks know what NAMI has available.""We have family education classes," she added.Plus, all offerings through NAMI are free to the public, including support groups that meet once a month."We just want to be able to reach out to people in our community if they have any questions or concerns about mental health," Kent said. "With stigma being such a huge thing, we really want to normalize it. You don't have to be worried or scared to reach out and get help. It's very common. "One in four people deal with some sort of mental-health issue. One in 17 has a major mental illness, like major depression or bi-polar (disorder). ... People need to know that there's help out there."For more information about what NAMI has to offer, visit

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