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Thursday, March 18, 2010

APA Attendees to Give Back to New Orleans

The American Psychiatric Association wants to leave something positive behind after its Annual Meeting in New Orleans. While registering for the meeting in New Orleans, attendees can give back to the host city by donating to the New Orleans Mission, which provides services to homeless people in the heart of the city. The New Orleans Mission is a non-profit that seeks to alleviate the plight of homeless men, women and children. The Mission provides meals, showers, clothing, shelter, literacy classes and job skills training. Donations will be accepted through May 26.

Former NFL Star Terry Bradshaw to Discuss Depression at APA Meeting

Sportscaster and former NFL star Terry Bradshaw will speak candidly about his personal story of living with mental illness at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

Bradshaw was diagnosed with clinical depression, and following his successful treatment, he began to talk publicly about his experience and to help fight stigma about mental illness and to encourage people who are suffering to get help.

Bradshaw is best known as one of football’s leading quarterbacks, having led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl championships between 1975 and 1980. Since retiring from football, Bradshaw has had a long career in sports broadcasting, authored books, and recorded several albums of country/gospel music.

Bradshaw will speak at "Conversations," an annual event at the APA meeting in which public figures discuss their experience with mental illnesss.

Conversations will be May 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans during the 163rd APA Annual Meeting.