June 2002

CARITAS in Louisville honors Rosalynn Carter

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CARITAS Peace Center, Louisville, Ky., honored former first lady Rosalynn Carter on May 20 with its first Spirit of Peace Award for life achievement in mental health. Carter has campaigned for better understanding and treatment of mental illness for more than 30 years. In accepting the award from Ian McFadden, president and chief executive officer of CARITAS Health Services, Carter said this is an exciting time for advocates of the mentally ill. "Mental illness can be diagnosed, treated and the overwhelming number of people can lead a normal life," she said. "We have to work to educate people about the true facts of mental illness. I think that maybe our voices are beginning to be heard." CARITAS Peace Center will present the Spirit of Peace Award annually to an individual recognized nationally or internationally as an advocate for mental health. CARITAS collaborated with the local chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill to create the award. For more information, contact Dan Shaw, director of public relations and marketing at CARITAS, at danielshaw@chi-caritas.org.