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Date published: 13 August 2012

Randwick City Council is holding a forum on Monday 20 August during Local Government Week to help raise awareness and promote understanding of mental illness in our community.

Randwick Mayor Councillor Scott Nash said mental illness is an extremely common health issue in Australia, with around one in five people suffering from mental illness at some point in their life.

"In their lifetime, most people will know someone with a mental illness or suffer from one themselves. This forum will help to remove the negative stigma associated with mental illness and bring this topic into the open," he said.

"By talking about this common health issue openly and honestly, Randwick City Council hopes to foster an environment where sufferers are aware of the different services available in the local community to help manage their mental illness and are not embarrassed to seek help."

Several experts on mental health issues will address the forum including: Rob Ramjan, CEO Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW; Darrell Williams, CEO Eastern Sydney Medicare Local, and John Malone, CEO Aftercare.

People will also hear first hand accounts from people living with mental illnesses, their carers, and the various ways metal illness affects their lives.

The Community Mental Health Forum will be held on Monday 20 August from 6.30 - 8.30pm at Randwick Town Hall, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick.

To book, contact Frida Kitas on 9399 0972 or email frida.kitas@randwick.nsw.gov.au

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