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Attention young writers.

Do you love to write? Do your friends say you are poetic? Are you creative? Then why not enter the Whistler Public Library’s third annual Young Adult Writing Contest? Enter for the fun of it or enter for the cash prizes and the fame.

Short stories and poems can be submitted in any style and on any topic. Write a mystery or a haiku, it’s up to you. Be creative, experiment and have some fun. Entries will be judged according to style, originality, content, and yes, even grammar and spelling.

Entrants must be Whistler residents aged 12-18. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31, 2002. Entry forms with complete contest rules are available at the Whistler Public Library on 4329 Main Street.

There will be first, second and third place prizes awarded in each category. First place is $75, second place is $40 and third place is $25. Winning entries will be published on the library’s Web site.

For more information call Linda Neumann at 604-932-5564.

Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 6-12.

Mental Illness Awareness Week is a public education program led by the Canadian Psychiatric Association with the support of a host of allied mental health organizations and volunteers. This year's theme is Reach out to prevent Suicide: Care and Treatment Save Lives.

Did you know that:

• Mental illness is the second leading cause of hospital use among those aged 20-44

• About 4,000 Canadians commit suicide each year and it is the most common cause of death for people aged 15-24. Mental illness is a factor in most suicides.

• Nearly one in five Canadians (20 per cent of the population) today are likely to experience a diagnosable mental illness; 3 per cent of Canadians are likely to have to live with a serious mental illness.

• By 2020 it is estimated that depressive illnesses will become the second leading cause of disease burden worldwide and the leading cause in developed countries like Canada.

• Suicide claims half of deaths amongst 15- to 24-year-olds.

The Whistler Public Library has many resources to help people better understand mental illness. Here is a list of selected titles some of which will be on display from Oct. 6-12.

Depression:

Caring for the mind: the comprehensive guide to mental health by Dianne Hales, c1995

How you can survive when they’re depressed: living and coping with depression fallout by Anne Sheffiled, c1998

I don’t want to talk about it: overcoming the secret legacy of male depression by Terrence Reel, c1997

Managing your mind: the mental fitness guide by Gillian Butler, c1995

Mayo Clinic on depression by Keith Kramlinger, c2001

Self-coaching: how to heal anxiety and depression by Joseph Luciani, c2001

Surviving manic depression: a manual on bipolar disorder for patients, families and providers by E. Fuller Torrey, c2002

The noonday demons: An atlas of depression by Andrew Solomon, c2001

Understanding depression by Patricia Ainsworth, c2000

Understanding teenage depression: a guide to diagnosis, treatment and management by Maureen Empfield, c2001

Ups and downs: How to beat the blues and teen depression by Susan Klebanoff, c1999

When someone you love is depressed: how to help your loved one without losing yourself by Laura Rosen, c1997

You mean I don’t have to feel this way? New help for depression, anxiety and addiction by Colette Dowling, c1991

Suicide:

After Daniel: a suicide survivor’s tale by Moira Farr, c1999

Every parent’s guide to understanding teenagers and suicide by Marion Crook, c1988

Helping your child cope with depression and suicidal thoughts by Tonia Shemoo, c1993

Night falls fast: understanding suicide by Kay Jamison, c1999

One in thirteen: the silent epidemic of teen suicide by Jessica Portner, c2001

Please listen to me by Marion Crook, c1992

Suicide: Teens talk to teens by Marion Crook, c1997

When living hurts by Sol Gordon, c1994

Mental Health Internet Resources can be found at:

http://www.cmha-wecb.on.ca/resources/links.asp

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