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    My best friend and I went to this exhibit today at a local church. It
    was such an eye opener and educational event. Much to process

    The exhibit is basically pictures of people & families from all walks of
    life and all professions who suffer from some form of mental illness who
    share their stories, their thoughts, their feelings, etc of mental

    There is also a companion book.

    Nothing To Hide - Mental Illness In The Family

    Nothing to Hide is a museum-quality photo-text traveling exhibit
    featuring photographs and interviews with families whose lives are
    affected by mental illness - schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive
    compulsive disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders, etc.

    The compelling accounts demonstrate strength, courage, integrity and
    accomplishment in the face of the adversity and stigma of mental
    illness. By bringing visibility to these individuals and their families,
    Nothing to Hide helps dispel harmful stereotypes, myths, and
    misconceptions about mental illness.

    Edwin Cassem M.D., Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and
    an Advisory Board member for this project, says it best: "Stigma is
    worldwide and stifling. Nothing to Hide aims to eradicate prejudice and
    discrimination based on mental disability. It is a project whose hour
    has come."

    Funded in part by NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness),
    Nothing to Hide has received rave reviews and media attention wherever
    it has traveled. The book, Nothing to Hide won a prestigious Ken Johnson
    NAMI-NYC Metro Book Award book award from NAMI-NYC Metro.

    "The photographs and interviews give a dignity and humanity to patients
    and their families, as well as providing a real sense of the day-to-day
    difficulties of living with mental illness. This book is both wonderful
    and important."
    - Kay Redfield Jamison Ph.D.
    author of The Unquiet Mind

    "This wonderful book will touch the heart of anyone who has been close
    to mental illness. It is a book that everyone should read."
    - Lesley Stahl, co-editor 60 Minutes


    Download Full Versions of Testimonial Letters
    "We had the Nothing to Hide exhibit at the SW Children's Mental health
    Conference, the USPRA convention, the MATCH conference, the Community
    Partnership event, the Capitol rotunda during the legislative session,
    our NAMI-Boise WALK Kickoff luncheon, at the Childrens' Home and the
    Veterans Behavioral Health Hospital. We loaned the exhibit to the NAMI
    Sun Valley affiliate and they had several showings in the Wood River
    Valley. We had an exceptional response from all who saw this impressive
    exhibit and we are so grateful for letting us extend the time."
    - Paula Campbell
    and the NAMI-Boise Board
    Boise, ID

    "We can not thank Peggy Gillespie and her team at Family Diversity
    Projects enough for putting together such an invaluable resource. It's
    hard to know its effect until it's used. For us this exhibit was the
    best tool for opening dialogue about an unspoken but immensely important
    matter. Undoubtedly, Nothing to Hide has positively influenced our
    students and has helped the efforts to decrease stigma associated with
    mental illness."
    - Raul Navarro
    College & Guidance Counselor
    Strake Jesuit College Preparatory
    Houston, TX

    "Thank you for the use of the fabulous exhibition. It travelled around
    in 3 of our corporate Johnson & Johnson sites in England and Belgium,
    and our people were very excited to see the patient and their families
    together. The exhibition is a real eye-opener. Our scientific community
    needs to start thinking about the patient from day one and not only
    about efficacy of the drugs, but about the overall well being of the
    patient and their families. This helped the individuals who work for our
    pharmaceutical organization to reflect about their own stigma concerning
    mental illness. Great work!"
    - Frederik Wittock
    Senior Director Cross-Pharma R&D Communications (Outside US)
    Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, division of
    Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V.

    "The Division of Mental Health Services recently showcased the Nothing
    To Hide: Mental Illness in the Family photo-text exhibit in our State
    Capitol rotunda. The photographs were impressive and captivating. The
    accompanying quotes were poignant and informative. This exhibit was set
    up in the rotunda for several days during the Legislative session.
    Besides our lawmakers, at this particular time of the year the Capitol
    is also filled with many state agency representatives and other visitors
    including school groups and accompanying educational staff. We were very
    pleased with the comments received and interest shown in this exhibit by
    these groups. The exhibit was of outstanding educational benefit and
    certainly made an impact on everyone who had the opportunity to view
    - John Selig
    Director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services
    Division of Mental Health Services

    "Hosting the exhibit Nothing to Hide at Wheaton College was an
    unforgettable experienced. I witnessed first hand the incredible power
    of the dialogue that comes from experiencing the photographs and text
    panels...This exhibit makes it safe to talk openly and candidly about
    mental health issues within one's own family. The exhibit touched every
    student I spoke with."
    - Dale Rogers Marshall
    President, Wheaton College
    Norton, MA

    "Our Executive Director ... told the Board of Directors that having the
    exhibit come to Mansfield was one of the best things we have ever done."
    - Rhea Jane Swartz
    Public Relations Coordinator
    Richland County Board of Mental Health Services, Mansfield, OH

    "Nothing to Hide provides an opportunity for conversations to occur on
    the subject of mental illness, a subject that if mentioned at all, is
    frequently discussed in hushed tones. Intelligence and sensitivity are
    hallmarks of the work of Family Diversity Projects. I know of no better
    organization to help make discussions about this topic acceptable to
    - Ellen Hofheimer Bettmann
    Anti-Defamation League
    A World of Difference Institute

    "I enthusiastically endorse Nothing to Hide. Serious mental illnesses
    are devastating but common experiences for many families. Anything we
    can do to educate, decrease stigma, and reach out to families who feel
    they are alone with this problem is worthwhile."
    - E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.
    Research Psychiatrist
    Author, Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Consumers, and

    Tour Schedule (Partial List)

    In order to meet demand, multiple copies of this photo-text rental
    exhibit were created. If your desired booking date appears below it does
    not mean the exhibit is unavailable. Please contact us to arrange your

    Exhibit History

    Nothing to Hide has toured to hundreds of venues in the United States
    and Canada. The exhibit and companion book have been featured in
    numerous magazine and newspaper articles across the country including
    the NAMI Advocate, Ruminator, The Boston Globe, The Cape Cod Times, The
    Capitol Times, The Sunday Washington Post Magazine, Reintegration Today,
    and The Wheaton Alumnae Journal. Here are just a few of the sites it has

    Hospitals, Mental Health Centers and Museums
    National Depressive/Manic Depressive Association, OH
    Butler Hospital, PA
    Schuylkill County Community Support Program, PA
    Ben Gordon Center, IL
    NAMI - San Diego (Mercy Hospital), CA
    San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital Auxiliary, CA
    The People Connection, MN
    NAMI- NYC Metro
    Fountain House, NYC
    Western Psychiatric Institute, PA
    Brattleboro Retreat Healthcare, VT
    Mental Health Association of North Dakota
    Alegent Health, NE
    West Plains Council on the Arts, MO
    Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling , NY
    Mott Children's Health Center, MI
    Clarendon House, VA
    Dilico-Ojibway Children and Family Services, Canada
    Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburgh, FL
    American Jewish Museum, PA
    NAMI-Cape Cod
    First Presbyterian Church, Iowa
    Buxmont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, PA
    East Liberty Presbyterian Church, PA
    Colleges and Schools
    Kansas University Medical Center
    Mt. Holyoke College, MA
    University of Maine
    Sinclair Community College, PA
    Wheaton College, MA
    Southwick High School, MA

    Advisory Board

    Steven E. Arnold, M.D.
    Philadelphia, PA
    Director, Laboratory for Cellular and Molecular Neuropathology, Center
    for Neurobiology and Behavior
    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, University
    of Pennsylvania

    Marilyn Benoit, M.D.
    Washington, DC
    Medical/ Executive Director, Devereux Children's Center
    Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Georgetown University
    Medical Center

    Ellen Hofheimer Bettmann
    Brooklyn, NY
    Anti-Bias Education Consultant
    EHB Consulting

    Jaime Campbell
    Boston, MA
    Consumer and Former Guest of Gould Farm
    Mental Health Consultant

    Edwin H. Cassem, M.D.
    Boston, MA
    Chief of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Laurie Flynn
    Arlington, VA
    Former Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

    Fred Frese, Ph.D.
    Hudson, OH
    Consumer; 2nd Vice-President of NAMI
    Director, Summit County Recovery Project

    Penny Frese, Ph.D.
    Hudson, OH
    Board Member, Summit County Mental Health Board
    Film Producer, Claire's Story: A Child's Perspective on Childhood

    Michael A. Jenike, M.D.
    Boston, MA
    Director, Psychiatric Neuroscience Program
    Associate Chief of Psychiatry (Research), Massachusetts General Hospital
    Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Kay Jamison, Ph.D.
    Washington, DC
    Author, An Unquiet Mind and Night Falls Fast

    Ann Madigan
    Boston, MA
    Anti-Stigma Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

    Jay Neugeboren
    Northampton, MA
    Author, Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness, and Survival

    Clea Simon
    Cambridge, MA
    Author, Mad House: Growing Up In the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings

    Lesley Stahl
    New York, NY
    News Correspondent, 60 Minutes

    E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.
    Washington, DC
    Research Psychiatrist
    Author, Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Consumers, and

    Carolyn T. Villarrubia, M.D.
    League City, TX
    Executive Medical Director, Devereux Texas Treatment Network
    Private Practitioner, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Donna G.

    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances,
    For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ( I Thessalonians
    5:16-18 NIV )

    2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    call them FRIENDS......

    3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!

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    Donna G Guest

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    Donna G.

    1) Rejoice always, Pray continually, Give thanks in all circumstances,
    For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ( I Thessalonians
    5:16-18 NIV )

    2) ANGELS EXIST, but some times, since they don't all have wings, we
    call them FRIENDS......

    3) Just because you're in pain, doesn't mean you have to be one!

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