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Durham County Library Receives Books from the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Durham – The Durham chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has donated a collection of 11 nonfiction and fiction books to Durham County Library. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. This is the second time the chapter has donated a collection of books to the library.

“It is a priority for us to provide up-to-date information and resources to our patrons, especially when it comes to nonfiction medical titles,” said Tammy Baggett, Durham County Library director. “Many of these titles represent new information in the field of mental illness. All of them help to build a bridge toward understanding these conditions. NAMI’s donation really augments and expands our collection in this important area.”

Nearly 60 million Americans experience a mental health condition every year. Regardless of race, age, religion or economic status, mental illness affects the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children across the United States. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

The donated titles include: Defying Mental Illness: Finding Recovery with Community Resources and Family Support by Paul Komarek and Andrea Schroer; Reis’s Pieces: Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia by Karen Winters Schwartz; At War with PTSD: Battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Virtual Reality by Robert N. McLay, M.D., Ph.D.; David’s Inferno: My Journey Through the Dark Wood of Depression by David Blistein; When Truth Lies: A Journey with Schizophrenia by Terry Garahan; Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness, and the Journey to Wholeness by Nancy Kehoe; Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney; I Am Not Sick; I Don’t Need Help! How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment by Xavier Amador; The Seventh Angel: A Memoir by Alex McKeithen; Loving Someone with Anxiety: Understanding and Helping Your Partner by Kate N. Thieda; and Thirty Days with My father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD by Christal Presley PhD.

To find these books or others on the topic, visit For more information about NAMI, visit

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