Panel discussion on mental illness and violence slated at Cameron University

NAMI – Caring Aggies, the Cameron University chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will host “Mental Illness and Violence in Our Society Today,” a panel discussion, on Thursday, February 17 at 6 p.m. The presentation is open to the public at no charge and will be held in the CETES Conference Center, on the west side of the Cameron campus.

“NAMI – Caring Aggies would like to take this opportunity to discuss misunderstanding about the potential for violence with regard to individuals afflicted with mental illness,” says Deanice Shegog, Director, Cameron University Student Wellness Center. 

Participating in the panel discussion will be:

  • Kim Bartlett, Recovery Support Specialist, Jim Taliaferro Community Mental Health Center
  • Dr. Michael Friedman, BCECR, Psychologist, Fort Sill Behavioral Health
  • David Gabriele, Southwestern Behavioral Health Center
  • Dr. Ricardo Jerez, Open Arms Behavioral Health and Associate Professor of Psychology, Cameron University
  • Dr. Maxwell Kwenda, Associate Professor of Sociology, Cameron University
  • Jill Melrose, Triage Coordinator, Jim Taliaferro Community Mental Health Center
  • Miranda Metcalf, Cameron University graduate student
  • Brenda Ototivo, MS-LADC, Jim Taliaferro Community Mental Health Center and member of Comanche County Mental Health Court
  • Bryan Pack, Street Outreach Advocate, Marie Detty Youth and Family Services
  • Lt. Chris Ray, Training Officer, Duncan Police Department
  • Ronald Smith, Chief  of Police, Lawton Police Department

The purpose of NAMI – Caring Aggies, a student organization, is to end the negative stigma associated with mental illness through education.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Student Wellness Center at 581-6725.


February 8, 2011

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