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For Immediate Release
October 6, 2011

Contact Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or

Moment of Silence on World Mental Health Day
for Those Buried in Regional Center Cemeteries

Lincoln—The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is sponsoring a moment of silence on World Mental Health Day, October 10th, to recognize those who lived and died at the three regional centers in the state.

According to Nebraska State Historical Society records on cemeteries at the regional centers, there are 1,150 persons buried at the Hastings Regional Center, approximately 523 persons at the Norfolk Regional Center, and 776 buried at the two cemeteries of the Lincoln Regional Center.
“People were buried with numbers only or under unmarked stones,” said Carol Coussons de Reyes, Office of Consumer Affairs in the Division of Behavioral Health.  “Mental illness was treated as something shameful in the past.”
“We have an opportunity to recognize the forgotten ones on World Mental Health Day,” said Scot L. Adams, director of the division.  “We want to remember and honor their humanity.”
The observance will be a moment of silence on Monday, October 10th, at 10:10 a.m.  People are invited to gather at:
Hastings: The Bridge at Hastings Regional Center, 4200 W 2nd Street.
Norfolk: The Cemetery at Norfolk Regional Center, 1700 North Victory Road
Lincoln: Haines Branch Cemetery, 2550 S.W. 12th Street (There will be a reading of the names of the 252 people buried at this branch.)
For more information, contact the Office of Consumer Affairs at (402) 471-7853.  More information on memorials for forgotten psychiatric patients nationwide can be found at: