FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Candlelight Vigil at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Please Join Us!
Monday February 13
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90048
The purpose of the vigil is to express community grief over the loss of Cedars-Sinai Psychiatric Services to the Los Angeles community. The hospital should not be able to close 51 psychiatric beds and Thalian’s without some public reaction. There will be no training of psychiatrists at Cedars-Sinai, and no training of psychiatric nurses, and no services for those with a brain illness. NAMI asks: Why should other illnesses deserve top-level treatment at Cedars-Sinai and those with psychiatric illnesses receive no treatment at all? Why is colon cancer treatable at Cedars-Sinai but Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder are not?
The plan is to meet at 6:30 p.m. on the street between the two Medical Center buildings – near the old Thalians Building — and then walk on Alden Ave. – between 3rd St and Beverly Blvd. back and forth on both sides of the Medical Center buildings. Alden Ave. runs directly through both hospital towers.
We will walk on the sidewalks and we will not block any traffic going in and out of the Emergency Center or the parking lots. We are to look for oncoming cars at these entrances and give them the right of way.
We suggest you make some signs:
“With no mental health treatment from Cedar’s hospital, those with brain illnesses will end up in our streets and our jails.”
“There is no health without mental health. Cedar’s has suspended treatment.”
“One in four of us has a brain illness and Cedar’s ends treatment.”
“Why is colon cancer more important to Cedar’s than brain health?”
“How can Cedar’s ignore the Brain?”
“Brains Before Money”
“Everyone know someone with a brain illness.”
“People with brain illnesses deserve the same treatment as anyone else.”
“NAMI has not given up! We continue to fight for quality treatment!”
“NAMI will prevail!”
Please feel free to walk with us without bringing a sign.
NAMI will bring candles and light walking sticks to affix your signs for carrying.
Free parking is available at the Beverly Center on La Cienega and 3rd Street, diagonally opposite the hospital.
Please join us for this Candlelight Vigil honoring Cedar’s for providing quality treatment at Thalians and Cedar’s hospital throughout the years. We can now share our loss as Cedar’s now has ended mental health treatment.