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NMSU NAMI on Campus to host free film screening on mental health awareness

The New Mexico State University chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on Campus student organization will host a film screening of "Call Me Crazy: A Five Film" Friday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the College of Health and Social Services auditorium. The screening of the Lifetime Original Movie is free and open to the public.

The film portrays the challenges and accomplishments of living with mental illness. The film's objective is to help eliminate the stigma that encompasses mental illness and to raise mental health awareness. "Call Me Crazy" contains five short films that highlight a different perspective on the effect of mental illness. The cast includes Oscar winners Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Leo and Octavia Spencer along with Sarah Hyland, Sofia Vassilieva, Brittany Snow, Ernie Hudson, Jason Ritter, Jean Smart, Lea Thompson, Melanie Griffith and Chelsea Handler.

"One of the primary aims of the new NAMI on Campus-NMSU group is to increase mental health awareness and awareness of the mental health resources, which NMSU and NAMI can provide," said Ruth Burkhart, faculty advisor and School of Nursing college assistant professor. "NAMI is the largest nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to the promotion of education, advocacy and support for those with a mental illness, their families, loved ones and communities."

Following the film, a NAMI-Dona Ana County member panel will discuss movie highlights and give viewers an opportunity for a question and answer session. Additionally, NAMI on Campus will provide refreshments prior to the screening.

NMSU will be one of 100 locations in the U.S. to show this movie in an agreement with Sony Productions and NAMI. NMSU is the first NAMI on Campus group in New Mexico.

For more information visit www.nami.org or www.nami-dac.org.