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June 9 , 2005
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EMU's Welber to be honored for work on behalf of people with mental illness

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University Associate Professor Joel Welber will be honored by the Nation’s Voice for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) for his three decades of community service to the organization.

            The award will be presented at a ceremony June 13, 7:30 p.m., at St. Clare’s Church in Ann Arbor.

            “He has given tirelessly. He has volunteered many hours to NAMI and its causes. He is a great community advocate for mental health rights,” said Patricia Doyle, a board member for NAMI of Washtenaw County.

            “It’s very nice to be appreciated for what you do,” said Welber, an associate professor of law in the EMU College of Business.

As a an attorney Welber has helped many families with estate planning for children with mental illness and those with disabilities.

            “It sort of evolved when I was an undergraduate and spent some time as a camp counselor for those with retardation,” said Welber.

            Since then, Welber has been actively involved with NAMI as well as ARC of Michigan and served as counsel to the Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy.

         NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain.

Founded in 1979 as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, NAMI today works to achieve equitable services and treatment for more than 15 million Americans living with severe mental illnesses and their families .

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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