Individuals of all ages showed their support for people who have mental illness by participating in the annual NAMI Walk earlier this year. (American Press Archives)
Last Modified: Monday, October 01, 2012 7:48 PM
NAMI’s annual membership dinner will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Treasures of Marilyn, 3510 Fifth Ave.
Stacy Pershall, a writer and belly dancer from New York, will speak.
After a childhood punctuated by bullying, a 20-year struggle with anorexia and bulimia, and a diagnosis of bipolar disorder that didn’t feel quite right, Pershall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2005.
She recovered through a combination of dialectical behavior therapy, mood-stabilizing medication and tattoos.
Her memoir, “Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl,” was published by W.W. Norton in January 2011 and chosen for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program.
Pershall will talk about borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, dialectical behavior therapy, body modification and suicide.
Cost of the dinner is $25 for NAMI members and $30 for nonmembers. A reserved table of eight is $200. Send check or cash by to NAMI SWLA, 715 Ryan St., Ste. 203, Lake Charles, LA 70601. For more information, call 433-0219.