Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 11:46 AM MST
Patty Duke to speak on mental illness for fundraiser
New Mexico Business Weekly
Academy Award-winning actress and author Patty Duke will speak about her personal experience with mental illness and the accompanying public stigma at an event organized by the Life Link, a group that helps people coping with mental illness, addiction and homelessness.
Duke will speak about recovery and overcoming the stigma surrounding mental illness as well as sign her book, "A Brilliant Madness," at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Life Link, 2325 Cerrillos Rd. in Santa Fe. There will also be a reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Vanessie restaurant, with Duke scheduled to speak at 9 p.m. at the Lensic Theatre nearby.
The local band E. Clayton and the Soul Deacons will perform at the Lensic at 8:30 p.m. prior to the talk. Tickets range from $15 to $45. Special seating and reception tickets to meet Duke are $150. All ticket sales benefit the Life Link and can be purchased through the Lensic box office.
Duke was diagnosed in 1982 with bipolar disorder. She has written a number of books and has launched an online site for mental illness, www.pattyduke.net. She is also a member of the Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council.
The New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative partners with the Life Link as fiscal agent and is participating in the event. Life Link officials said some 370,000 New Mexicans may suffer from some form of mental illness, including depression. Of those, 71,000 adults have a serious mental illness, including schizophrenia, manic depression, major depression, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Patty Duke's book explains how and why a mentally ill person can commit some of the brilliantly intelligent and unspeakable acts, but in reality be very sick people. Most of the mentally ill are very intelligent, just have a chemical imbalance that they have no control over. This is a good book that has been on the market for a long time. Thanks to Patty Duke for continuing to share her story as well.