Published 12:00 am Friday, June 29, 2007

‘Heroes’ help improve lives
of those with mental illness
On June 21, Carlos Parra and Susan Agner of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Rowan were honored at a luncheon in Cary, hosted by the Coalition for Persons Disabled by Mental Illness (CPDMI) at their annual “Heroes in the Fight” program, which recognizes the dedicated care and support provided by so many mental health professionals and advocates in North Carolina every day in the fight against severe and persistent mental illness.
Although mental illnesses cannot be cured, victories occur whenever mental healthcare professionals, advocates, families and individuals with mental illness choose to fight for better outcomes and better lives and work together to achieve those goals.
Too often, the efforts of individuals in the mental health field go unnoticed or even are stigmatized by the general public. CPDMI, along with other local mental-health advocates, hopes to change that by hosting “Heroes in the Fight.” This program honors those who have devoted their lives to working alongside patients and families in their fight for better outcomes and achieving victories, large and small.
ó Joyce Parra
Editor’s note: Joyce Parra is treasurer of NAMI-Rowan.
A few months ago, our letter carrier said the Postal Service had to cut overtime. But now, the rates have gone up on postage, due to the cost of pay. They had to cover the cost.
It is a shame that the carrier goes to work between 7 and 8 a.m., andour mail isn’t delivered until 5 to 7 p.m.
ó Harry Layburn