Counteracting the stigma of Depression

By Jackie Michels

Co-Chair, Riderwood Health Forum

Riderwood resident and retired psychiatrist, Mildred Rust, M.D., along with Nicole Lucas, MSW, Director of Programs at National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Bob Tettelbach, Air Force veteran and NAMI volunteer, will give a joint presentation on Counteracting the Stigma of Depression at the Riderwood Health Forum at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 17, in the Village Square Music Room. All are invited to attend.

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. There are more than 500 local affiliates who work in communities to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

Mildred received her Medical Degree from Cornell Medical College in New York City. She completed her internship and residency in psychiatry at the University of Rochester, where she practiced psychiatry until her retirement in 1998. She is the proud author of A Unique Life: An Autobiography Complete with Misdeeds; her life in book form, which is also available on Amazon, and serves as a permanent record for her family.

Nicole received her Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. In her role at NAMI, Nicole manages and coordinates NAMI signature programs, provides education to the community about mental illness, and does presentations on mental illness in the workplace to help overcome stigma and create awareness among employees.

Bob, a graduate of the Air Force Academy, spent almost 20 years on active duty as a communications – computer officer. In his free time, Bob volunteers for NAMI and as an Air Force Academy Admissions Liaison Officer, where he mentors young men and women interested in applying to the Academy.

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