Posted April 19, 2018 in News Releases
April 10, 2018—The Cleveland Heights bookstore, Appletree Books, is partnering with Magnolia Clubhouse, a non-profit organization that serves adults who live with mental illness, to raise awareness about mental illness during May which is designated Mental Health Month.
Since 1949, Mental Health America has led the observance of May as Mental Health Month to spread the word that mental health is an issue that everyone should care about and acknowledge. This year, the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) is promoting the theme of “Cure Stigma” in its efforts to alleviate the environment of shame, fear, and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment.
Working together with Magnolia Clubhouse, the staff of Appletree Books has curated a collection of books (all are available for sale) that address or include the subject of mental illness. Both fiction and nonfiction works will be featured, including many that are now deemed classics. The month-long collaboration begins on Friday, May 4 with a reception at Appletree from 6-8pm; the public is welcome to attend the free reception, but reservations are requested (email your name and number of attendees to firstname.lastname@example.org).
“There is really a remarkable depth of literature that addresses or touches upon mental illness,”
notes Lynn Quintrell, owner of Appletree Books and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Magnolia Clubhouse. “Reading not only informs, it can bring about an understanding and teach empathy which is the first step in reducing stigma.”
In addition, the bookstore will feature a display of items (also available for purchase) from the Magnolia Clubhouse Shop, an upscale resale shop that is run by and for the benefit of Magnolia Clubhouse. The resale shop is located in one of the two historic houses on Magnolia Drive in University Circle that are home to the organization. Currently under renovation, the Magnolia Clubhouse Shop will have a grand re-opening mid-June.
“One in five people lives with mental illness—this is a reality faced by millions of Americans each year,” explains Dr. Lori D’Angelo, executive director of Magnolia Clubhouse. “Together we can change the perception of mental illness and encourage all who need help to seek it without fear.”
About Appletree Books
12419 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106
An independent bookstore established in 1975, Appletree offers an eclectic, well-curated selection of new book titles in multiple genres for both children and adults. The store is located in the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood in the historic Heights Center building.