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Forums to explore homeless concerns, mental illness issues

June 28, 2009

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Area homeless and mental health advocates will be host to four forums on mental illness and homelessness beginning Monday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

The series was organized by the Coalition for Homeless Concerns and the Recovery and Hope Network to help educate the community.

The first forum, “Mental Health and Homelessness,” will feature speakers who are, or have been, homeless and also suffer from a mental illness.

Lesa Marbut, director of the Recovery and Hope Network, said the forum aims to provide a better understanding of homelessness and mental illness by hearing the voices of people directly experiencing such issues.

“Being homeless is best understood from those who have been there,” Marbut said. “Being homeless with a mental health issue has many descriptions of its own.”

A second forum, on Aug. 31, will focus on crisis training for dealing with mental illness. The third forum, set for Sept. 28, will address specific issues of homelessness and mental illness here in Lawrence, while the final forum on Nov. 30 will look for solutions based on the dialogue from the forums. All forums are at 7 p.m. at the library.

For more information, contact Steve Ozark at 785-760-3143, or by e-mail at oztalent@aol.com.

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