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Event encouraged those with mental illness

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About two hundred people came to the State Theatre Dec. 4 for a special event designed to encourage those struggling with mental illness.

Beautiful Minds Wellness, a nonprofit that promotes mental wellness, hosted “An Evening of Song and Story,” featuring personal stories and music from people whose lives have been touched by mental illness.

Stories included community members who have risen above or learned to cope with major depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. The stories were met with palpable compassion and support from the audience.

Beautiful Minds Wellness was founded by Dr. Daniel Binus, who practices psychiatry at Beautiful Minds Medical, the sister organization of the nonprofit.

During the program, Binus shared his passion for holistic mental health care. Binus and his team are planning to expand their practice by building a wellness center on land recently donated by Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital.

Guest speaker Brandon Mascarenas told the story of losing his home and entire community in the Paradise Camp Fire. He shared the importance of helping others and maintaining hope in order to survive such a loss. Attendees were invited to sign a giant banner for Camp Fire survivors.

After the event, one attendee shared that she had started struggling with thoughts of suicide the day before.

This was exactly what I needed,” she said. “Thanks so much.”

For more information, visit beautifulmindswellness.org.