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Mental Health and the Work Place is Topic of Live "Conversations" Webcast April 26

Deborah Hakes 404-420-5124

Panel to Discuss Mental Health and the Work Place on April 26

NOTE TO MEDIA: Media wishing to cover the following event are requested to RSVP by noon on Thursday, April 26, to Deborah Hakes at 404-420-5124.

ATLANTA... A panel of experts in health policy and mental health advocacy will discuss issues around workplace mental health at The Carter Center on Thursday, April 26, from 7-8:30 p.m.   The event will be webcast live on

Gaps in insurance coverage, problems with access to care, and the stigma surrounding mental illnesses can contribute to an environment that discourages employees from seeking help and treatment.  Yet advances in the treatment of mental illnesses have increasingly led employers to understand that mental health services and benefits are essential to maintaining and improving their employees' health and productivity.

Join panelists Ron Bachman, president and CEO of Healthcare Visions, Inc., and a nationally recognized expert on mental health parity; Tom Johnson, former CEO of CNN, and mental health advocate; Henry Harbin, psychiatrist and former CEO of Magellan Health Services; and Cynthia Wainscott, Board Member of Mental Health America. Former First Lady and longtime mental health advocate Rosalynn Carter will introduce the speakers.

"Mental Health and the Workplace" is the final event of the 2006-07 Conversations at The Carter Center series. The event is free of charge with no rsvp required; seating is first-come, first-served. 

All Conversations will be held in the Ivan Allen Pavilion of The Carter Center, located at 453 Freedom Parkway in Atlanta. For directions, go to

Conversations at The Carter Center is an annual series of evening programs designed to increase public awareness on issues of national and global importance as they relate to the Center's work. Distinguished panels of Carter Center experts and special guests make presentations followed by question-and-answer periods with the audience. Next season's schedule will be announced mid-summer 2007 at


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The Carter Center celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2007. A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 65 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers in developing nations to increase crop production. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.

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