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October 3, 2002

The struggles of the homeless and mentally ill -- and their families and the neighborhoods where they live -- are receiving renewed attention, including increased social services, ballot initiatives such as San Francisco's "Care Not Cash" and "Exits from Homelessness," and more widespread media attention.

The Mental Health Education and Workforce Development Initiative, housed in SFSU's College of Extended Learning, is partnering with KQED-TV on the PBS station's new documentary about San Francisco's mentally ill homeless, "Hope on the Street."

The documentary, part of the Bay Window series, premieres at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, on KQED-TV, Channel 9. It will air on other Northern California PBS stations throughout October.

In conjunction with the film, KQED, SFSU, and a host of community groups are also sponsoring a free panel discussion on "Media and Mental Illness: Smashing the Stigma" with Bay Area journalists from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, North Gate Hall, located at the corner of Euclid and Hearst streets.

The Mental Health Education and Workforce Development Initiative (MHEWDI) strives to bring the education system and the mental health system together as essential partners in serving mental health needs of the community. The Initiative focuses on four strategic areas: mental health/human services workforce education and training that includes the education of mental health clients/consumers; mental health education for mainstream teachers/faculty (preschool to postgraduate); an enhanced, comprehensive system of accessible and effective supports for college students who have mental disabilities; and mental health education for the culturally diverse communities of the greater Bay Area.

The Initiative will hold a major mental health symposium for educators, school administrators, counselors (preschool to postgraduate), social workers and allied mental health providers March 1, 2003.

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