People in Missoula will have the opportunity to learn what it's like to live with mental illness at a meeting Thursday, February 27 at Missoula Alliance Church.

Mary Mormon, a local member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, said that the meeting will feature two individuals from NAMI who have learned to manage their mental illness.

"There will be two trained presenters who will give their story," Mormon said. "They'll talk about what they've been through, and how they've learned to manage their brain disorder. After the presentation, we'll have time for a question and answer period and to get more information about our local NAMI affiliate."

Mormon said there are numerous misconceptions about mental illness even today.

"Disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and many others are more common that you might think," Mormon said. "More people than you'd imagine live every day with some form of mental illness, and all of them are treatable, just like heart disease or diabetes. We're just talking about a different organ of the body."

Mormon said the presentation will be Thursday, February 27, at the Missoula Alliance Church at the top of Hillview Way in room 108, downstairs. It will be about 90 minutes in length.

NAMI member Mary Mormon