Open House at Potential Place May 10, 2013
CALGARY, May 7, 2013 /CNW/ - In Celebration of Mental Health Week this
week, Potential Place Society is hosting an Open House on Friday May 10th from 2pm to 6PM.
Frank Kelton, Executive Director stressed that the purpose of the Open
House is to raise awareness of Mental Illness, to reduce stigma and
importantly, to hear the voices of Members who are working on recovery
from their mental illness.
Mr. Kelton indicated that "One in five people in Alberta will experience
a mental illness in his or her lifetime. Mental illness affects people
of all ages, in all kinds of jobs and at all educational levels. Due to
stigma, the typical reaction encountered by someone with a mental
illness is fear and rejection. Some have been denied adequate housing,
loans and jobs due to their history of mental illness". He added: "We
can battle stigma when we have facts. We all have times when we feel
depressed, get unreasonably angry or over-excited. We even have periods
when we think that everything and everybody is out to get us and that
we can't cope. For someone with a mental illness these feelings become
The support of family, friends and employers is critical to recovery.
Potential Place Clubhouse is also such a support. As a voluntary,
caring community that offers a place of hope, dignity, and
psycho-social rehabilitation to members who have a mental illness
Potential Place is defined by values of acceptance without stigma,
empowerment and egalitarianism.
In addition to Member testimonials, Keynote speakers at the Open House
will include Christine Cusellani, MLA for Calgary Currie, Dr. David
Swann, MLA for Calgary-Mountain View and Dr. John Rook, CEO of the
Calgary Homeless foundation.
SOURCE: Potential Place Society
For further information:
Allison McCallum at 403-216-9250 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Potential Place Society, visit www.potentialplace.org.