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Via Christi and NAMI raise awareness about mental illness with Candleight Ceremony

Bob Tryanski, an award-winning writer, speaker, and storyteller from Lawrence, Kansas, will be the keynote speaker at the Candlelight Ceremony held each year by the Wichita affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

This year’s event will take place this Sunday, Oct. 7, at Wichita State’s Campus Activity Center Theater and honor those who live or have lost their lives to mental illness and those who love them.

The Via Christi-sponsored event will begin with an art exhibit at 5:30 p.m., followed by an announcement of the youth winners of the Creative Expressions for Mental Health Awareness Original Youth Talent Showcase as Tryanski’s talk, “Out of the Shadows, into the Story.” 

The program is being held in conjunction with the beginning of Mental Illness Awareness Week, during which NAMI hopes to educate people about serious mental illness, raise awareness about available services and reduce the stigma of mental health. 

For more information about the Candlelight Ceremony or Mental Illness Awareness Week, contact Lynn Kohr at 316-258-9374 or

About Roz Hutchinson

Roz Hutchinson is a Wichita wife, mother and chief spoiler of six grandkids and three Chihuahuas, a die-hard women's basketball fan, and director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi.