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Mariel Hemingway to be Honored at NAMI Westside Los Angeles Gala Celebrating Outstanding Achievements in the Mental Health Awareness Movement

Companies mentioned in this article: NAMI Westside Los Angeles

WEST LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- WHAT: Fact: One in four people in the world will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime. That's 25% of all people. It's a startling statistic, but the National Alliance on Mental Illness is there to help people when they are hit with this illness. NAMI Westside Los Angeles (NAMI WLA) raises funds to provide free help with local support groups, phone crisis assistance and educational programs for families and their loved ones to get information on mental health issues. These issues often come as a shock to families and NAMI WLA is there to help them. They have helped thousands of families and want to continue to help many more with additional funding and contributions from the public and Corporate Sponsors.

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Oscar nominated actress, best-selling author, and acclaimed subject of the documentary film "Running From Crazy", Mariel Hemingway, will receive a Leadership in Media Award for her work as a strong Mental Health Advocate and Anti-Stigma Speaker. She will also discuss the impact seven suicides have had on her and her family including her grandfather, Ernest Hemingway.

Dr. Marvin J. Southard, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, known as one of the largest mental health organizations in the world, will receive his award for helping hundreds of thousands in our community to receive mental health assistance: The "Excellence in Public Service Award". Our other important honoree, longtime NAMI WLA Board member, David Wright, has worked tirelessly over the years to help those in need of mental health assistance. He is one of the founding members and will receive an "Excellence of Service" award for his generous contributions and many years of service to NAMI WLA.

Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities are available now. Also, a matching grant has been generously put in place by David Wright and his business partner, Kenneth L. Sleeper. Please contact Lisa at NAMI WLA (310) 889-7200 if you would also like to purchase tickets, tables, and/or sponsor their efforts and donate to help to continue to provide these free services in their communities to thousands of families.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 28th, Cocktails 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Awards Ceremony and Dinner begins at 7:30 PM ~ Business Attire

WHERE: SLS Hotel, 465 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

ABOUT: NAMI Westside Los Angeles is a grassroots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio economic backgrounds who live with mental illness. As one of the largest affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the organization works with state and national affiliates, and with other stakeholders in the community, to educate the public, advocate for legislation, reduce stigma, and improve the mental health system.

CONTACTS: For Tickets or Donations: Lisa at NAMI WLA (310) 889-7200

For Press Opportunities:

Wendy Almasy, Free Your Mind Projects, Inc. ~ Wendy@FYMPS.com ~ (310) 317-6977

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NamiWestsideLosAngeles

Twitter: www.twitter.com/namiwla

Media Contact: Wendy Almasy, Free Your Mind Projects, Inc., 310-317-6977, Wendy@FYMPS.com

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