Brookhaven Retreat Looks Forward To Mental Illness Awareness Week

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Brookhaven Retreat, a unique voluntary residential facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance issues, supports Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Brookhaven Retreat is looking forward to Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), which takes place October 7-13. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is committed to raising mental illness awareness and in 1990 U.S. Congress dedicated the first full week of October to NAMI’s mission of outreach, education and advocacy.

Brookhaven Retreat supports the efforts of NAMI in educating the public about mental illnesses. MIAW is an exciting week for Brookhaven Retreat because of the dedication put forth by all staff for the improvement of the quality of life for the women struggling with a mental illness and the impact it has not only on them, but family members as well.

The mission at Brookhaven Retreat is to provide high quality, comprehensive treatment and education to women and families affected by mental illnesses and/or chemical dependence. The majority of the women who come to Brookhaven Retreat are struggling with a type of mental illness.

Brookhaven Retreat’s goal for MIAW is to provide education to clients about serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In addition, clients and family members will be reassured of the benefits of seeking treatment from a residential treatment program, knowing that residential treatment does work and recovery is possible.

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About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

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