April 19, 2001
MEDIA CONTACT : Kate O'Rourke
U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., and former Baltimore Ravens punter Greg Montgomery will be featured speakers at the annual symposium sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Affective Disorders Clinic and DRADA, the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association.
Satcher will talk about public healthís mental health crisis as well as the importance of educating the public about mood disorders. Montgomery will explain how depression disrupted his life and how he copes with it.
The symposium date is Thursday, April 26, with talks from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Every year the two organizations raise public awareness on severe depression and bipolar disorder (manic depression) by having national figures or celebrity patients speak. The hundreds of patients, family members and physicians attending the symposium learn about the latest research as well as ways to cope with mood disorders.
This yearís symposium also features talks on the origins of mania and depression and a family memberís perspective on the impact of suicide. Noted Hopkins psychologist and writer Kay Redfield Jamison will speak on "The Life and Moods of Robert Schumann."
For more information on the symposium, call Kate OíRourke at 410-955-8665 or the DRADA office at 410-955-4647. Because public tickets to the symposium are all distributed, only room for journalists remains. Please do not announce this as a public event.