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Nettie Nolen and Linda Johnson were busy setting up a drop-in center for the mentally ill Monday morning in an upstairs room at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Johnson, of River Falls, will be one of the volunteer hosts. Nolen said the new drop-in center can be very helpful because "isolation and loneliness are major problems in mental health disorders. There is also a hope," she said, "that the acts of simply leaving the house and interacting with others are healthy and life giving." The drop-in center is ...

Comfort zone established for mental illness

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Over the years Nettie Nolen has been hospitalized and treated for bipolar II disorder.

This means she's had to endure reoccurring bouts of severe depression.


Beyond vital medical care, Nolen says what a person with a mental sickness often needs most is camaraderie.

"It's good to be with peers, those who've been through mental-health issues," Nolen said. "You can learn that things in life can get better."

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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