On November 10th, NAMI Montgomery County PA will commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Benefit for the Brain, an event that celebrates the remarkable efforts and advancements in treatment and recovery for mental illness.
NAMI is excited to offer an in-person event to provide a wonderful evening to network, take a chance on raffle items, sample delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, enjoy live music, a caricaturist, and hear from the recipients of the Scientific Research Award, Impact Award, and Larry A. Real Award.
For the first time, we will be adding a third award honoring the memory of Dr. Larry A. Real and his dedication to Community Psychiatry.
Larry was a pillar in community-based psychiatry and mentored many young psychiatrists going into community-based work.
This award will honor a psychiatrist who emulates Dr. Real’s commitment to the people he served.
2021 Scientific Research Award: Richard Josiassen, PhD
Dr. Josiassen has devoted his academic career to the study of schizophrenia.
He became internationally known for his contributions in the development of antipsychotic medications, treatment of polydipsia/hyponatremia, endocrine disorders, and tardive dyskinesia.
2021 Impact Award: Patricia A. Griffin, PhD
Dr. Griffin has consulted with the Montgomery County Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health for over fifteen years to support the county’s efforts at improving the intersection of the mental health and criminal justice systems.
2021 Larry A. Real Award: Rachel Talley, M.D.
Dr. Talley’s current projects are focused on system improvement in primary care/behavioral health integration for individuals with serious mental illness and structural racism/inequity in community behavioral health.
All proceeds from the event stay in the Montco community to help support the mission-driven work of NAMI’s affiliate, which hosts education programs, facilitates support groups, provides mental health training, advocates for access to services, and offers a compassionate place to turn for thousands in our community living with and/or impacted by mental illness.
Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities available. To attend, sponsor or place an ad, deadline October 29th, click here.