Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale Shares Her Personal Story at LSC-CyFair to Help Raise Mental Illness Awareness

CYPRESS — Lone Star College-CyFair welcomes Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale to share her own story in overcoming the disabling effects of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as part of Mental Illness Awareness Month events.

“Dr. McIngvale is the founder of the Peace of Mind Foundation and a strong advocate for those suffering from Mental Illness,” said Angelica Sutton, LSC-CyFair counselor. “Her story is both captivating and inspiring.”

Daughter of Houston’s “Mattress Mack,” Dr. McIngvale was diagnosed with OCD at the age of 12. Now this assistant professor at the Baylor College of Medicine gives a voice to the voiceless as a renowned speaker, locally and nationally. She engages in advocacy, clinical work, research and teaching related to OCD, mental health and social work.

“Unfortunately, Mental Illness makes the news when it is linked to tragic events. There is a critical need to eliminate the stigma of mental illness so people are no longer afraid to seek treatment,” said Sutton. “By increasing awareness, the impact from untreated mental illness could be reduced and lives saved.”

Dr. McIngvale will share her personal story and discuss the critical need to eliminate the stigma related to Mental Illness at 11 a.m. Oct. 30 in the Main Stage Theatre.

Prior to Dr. McIngvale’s talk, Professor Cindy Sledge’s general psychology students will present poster projects on 15 psychological disorders from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. in the Center for the Arts building.

In an effort to help raise awareness and change perceptions of mental illness, the poster projects will be on display in the library throughout November.

LSC-CyFair’s Counseling Department is located in the Center for Academic and Student Affairs (CASA) suite 109. For information, email CyFair.Counseling@lonestar.edu, call 281.290.3260.

Helping more than 22,000 students reach their academic and career goals, Lone Star College-CyFair is the 5th comprehensive college in the Lone Star College System, located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road just three miles south of U.S. Highway 290. Tomorrow also starts today at the LSC-Fairbanks Center, located at 14955 Northwest Freeway and LSC-Cypress Center, located at 19710 Clay Road. For more information about LSC-CyFair and its programs, call 281.290.3200 or visit LoneStar.edu/cyfair.

Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 99,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.

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