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Roundtable discussion on mental health at Groton-Dunstable

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GROTON — More and more the issue of mental health is entering the public discourse. But what does this have to do with the Groton-Dunstable community?

You may be interested to know that one in four people in America experiences mental illness in a given year, and half of them do not receive treatment for their illness. It has been estimated that the economic burden of serious mental illness to the United States is $317 billion each year, equivalent to more than $1,000/year for every man, woman, and child in the United States. Mental illness is a public health problem that is making a significant impact to our economy and our culture.

But what is the impact on Groton-Dunstable?

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Steve Boczenowski, the president and founder of Teenage Anxiety and Depression Solutions, and an esteemed panel of 18 people on the front lines of mental health in our community will engage in a roundtable discussion on mental health in Groton-Dunstable. The goal of this discussion will be to determine the state of mental health in our community.

The panel includes:

Patricia Ascione, Maureen Cahill, Lt. James Cullen, Susan Daly, Chief James Downes, Margaret Hannah, Tony Hawgood, Mark Hennelly, Dr. Julie Jankelson, Dr. Madhavi Kamireddi. Rev. Elea Kemler, Dr. Steve Liljegren, Rev. Giuseppe Mattei, Officer Rachel Mead, Chief Donald Palma, John Palumbo, Becky Pine, Greg Reiff, Cara Zwicker.

The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theater.

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