National Council of Jewish Women February Luncheon Features  Discussion of Mental Illness

National Council of Jewish Women February Luncheon Features Discussion of Mental Illness

Karen Ranus, executive director of NAMI Austin will discuss mental illness at NCJW's February luncheon. Courtesy: NCJW.

National Council of Jewish Women's next luncheon will be held Feb. 5, featuring Karen Ranus, executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness Austin. Ranus will discuss myths associated with mental health conditions, general warning signs of mental illness and resources available in the community.

Ranus has served as executive director of NAMI Austin since 2014. She sits on the board of the Mayor's Health and Fitness Council, the Travis County Behavioral Health and Judicial Advisory Committee, the Steering Committee for the Austin State Hospital System Redesign, and was recently asked to co-chair Austin Police Department's newly formed Mental Health Stakeholders Group. Ranus believes in the power of storytelling to engage people in important conversations on mental health and often shares her own family's story to help others overcome the shame and stigma still prevalent in our community.

NAMI Austin provides free classes and support groups for families and individuals impacted by mental health challenges and education and training in a variety of settings including schools, workplaces, faith communities and law enforcement. NAMI Austin is committed to changing the way our community talks about and addresses mental health.NCJW's event will be held Feb. 5 at Cover 3 Restaurant, 2700 West Anderson Lane. Networking time is 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; the program starts at 11:45. Cost of the luncheon is $20 for NCJW members and $23 for non-members. RSVP is required at event.akubo.com/mypublic_page.php?id=B1pD. ■

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