Monday, May 18, 2015

Treatment Before Tragedy in Washington DC


* * * MEDIA EVENT * * * WEDNESDAY* * *
Congressman Murphy Addresses 
Treatment Before Tragedy
Families come to Washington to petition for a loved one with Serious Mental Illness
For Immediate Release: Monday, May 18, 2015
Contact: Gretchen Andersen, 202.225.2301
(WASHINGTON, DC) –  Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18) will join nearly 100 families from across the nation to share their stories of loved ones with serious mental illness to call on Congress to repair our broken mental health system and reform laws that deny treatment to those who need it the most.
Rep. Murphy, author of the landmark Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” will outline pending the legislative actions to help millions of Americans dealing with mental illness nationwide, and their families.
Hosted by the Treatment Advocacy Center, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating barriers to treatment for people with severe mental illness, Chairman Murphy will be joined by the organization’s Executive Director John Snook and family members and advocates who will share their personal stories of struggle in accessing mental health care for their loved ones. 
Wednesday’s event arrives a few weeks after Congressman Murphy introduced a bipartisan congressional resolution declaring “May as Mental Health Month,” which seeks to remove the stigma associated with mental illness and promote public awareness of mental health. 
WHAT:     Press Conference
WHO:      Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA)
            John Snook, Executive Director, Treatment Advocacy Center
            Anthony Hernandez, California (statement)
            Jennifer Hoff, California (statement)
            Candie Dalton, Colorado (statement)
            Teresa Pasquini, California (statement)
            Michele Hicks, New York (statement)
            Pamela Blodgett, Rhode Island (statement)
            Nearly 100 family members and advocates
WHEN:     Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 9:15 AM
LOCATION:   Room 2325 Rayburn House Office Building
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In his seventh term representing Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district encompassing suburban Pittsburgh including parts of Allegheny, Washington, Westmoreland and Greene Counties, Rep. Tim Murphy also serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve Medical Service Corps as a psychologist treating Wounded Warriors with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
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