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      Traverse Area District Library helping raise mental illness awareness

      A couple of the pieces of art on display at the Traverse Area District Library Woodmere Branch to help raise awareness for mental illness.

      The Traverse Area District Library is helping raise awareness and understanding of mental illness with events and an exhibit April 3rd-12th.

      TADL is teaming up with Northern Lakes Community Mental Health to present the series of events in recognition of the 2014 Great Michigan Read, which is a book titled "Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret," by author and Detroit native Steve Luxenberg. The book focuses on mental illness.

      The library's most visible tool for raising awareness is an art exhibit titled "Creative Minds Changing Minds" that features artwork by people with mental illness from across Michigan.

      TADL Marketing and Communications Manager Kristen Talaga says that the library is happy to work toward building a better understanding of mental illness.

      "The idea behind it is to use artwork and enjoy artwork to resolve the stigma associated with mental illness," Talaga said.

      The art exhibit will be up at the Woodmere branch until April 12th. There will be a panel discussion on mental illness Monday, April 7th, a discussion with Luxenberg Wednesday, April 9th, and Traverse City State Hospital Training School on Thursday, April 10th.