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Mental Illness Awareness Week
August 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join us for Oaklawn’s sixth annual Mental Illness Awareness Week featuring Ross Szabo. Ross has was only 11 years oId when he visited his oldest brother in the psychiatric ward of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.
At age 16, he received his own diagnosis: bipolar disorder with anger control problems and psychotic features. In his senior year of high school, he was hospitalized for attempting to take his own life and later that year he had to take a leave of absence from American University due to a relapse with bipolar disorder.
He returned to American four years later and graduated with a B.A. in psychology. He started speaking about his story with bipolar disorder to help others when he was just 17. And, that day telling his story set him free.
Ross served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Botswana from 2010 to 2012. When he got home from the Peace Corps he saw that there were gaps preventing people from getting the vital mental health messages they needed, so he started a company to address those needs. His work in the youth mental health field has earned him the Didi Hirsch Removing the Stigma Leadership Award and his advocacy work was entered into the Congressional Record by Congressman Patrick Kennedy.
He is the author of “Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health” and travels the world sharing his story of hope and recovery.
Join us to hear Ross’ inspirational story at our fundraising luncheon on Tuesday, October 1, noon – 1:30 p.m. at the Palais Royal. All funds raised will support mental health and addiction services in our local community.