Meals for the Minds Luncheon with Actress and Author Carrie Fisher Raised Awareness and Funding For Important Community Mental Health Services


DALLAS, TX – October 5, 2015 - Metrocare Services, the largest nonprofit provider of behavioral health services in Dallas, focused on bipolar disorder and the impact it has on families and the community at its annual fundraising luncheon that was held Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Hilton Anatole.

At this year’s Meal for the Minds, actress and author Carrie Fisher gave a keynote address about her struggles with bipolar disorder. Fisher is best-known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars and her acting in movies such as When Harry Met Sally and The Blues Brothers.

Fisher is also the best-selling novelist of Postcards from the Edge and five other books. She performed her one-woman stage version of her book Wishful Drinking on Broadway, which went on to be filmed for HBO and nominated for an Emmy Award. She’ll reprise her role of Princess Leia in the much-anticipated Star Wars, Episode VII.

Fisher was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 24, and has written and spoken publicly about her struggles with the disorder, as well as about her recovery from drug addiction.

“As someone with bipolar disorder who is constantly in the public eye, she’s had to confront and overcome some very unique challenges in living with this illness,” said Dr. John Burruss, CEO of Metrocare Services. 

“Everyone with mental illness deserves good care, which I’ve had, but not everyone does,” Fisher said. “It’s important that all people with bipolar disorder have access to the tools and the care they need so they can cope with this illness and achieve their full potential.”

The National Institute of Mental Health defines bipolar disorder as a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe and can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder (also known as manic depressive illness) can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.

In Dallas County, there are an estimated 62,000 individuals living with bipolar disorder.  Metrocare currently treats more than 12,400 individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder each year.
The need for such care in our community is pressing.  Over the next few years, Metrocare will work strategically to expand its capacity to serve those with mental illness through public/private partnerships, training and research, and opening new centers in areas of greatest need.

The Metrocare Auxiliary, a group of 140 volunteers, hosted the luncheon, which included an Edible Auction featuring sweet treats from Dallas’ top pastry chefs, bakeries, and well-known eateries. The luncheon also featured an art sale of work by Art Focus XC, an elite group of juried Dallas artists.


ABOUT METROCARE:  Metrocare is North Texas’ leading nonprofit dedicated to helping people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and severe emotional problems live healthier lives. Metrocare provides a comprehensive array of individually-tailored services to help the people they serve experience more meaningful and satisfying lives. Metrocare serves nearly 60,000 people annually through programs across Dallas County; they are considered the safety net for Dallas County’s low income families who cannot afford to go elsewhere to treat a family member’s mental health needs. 

Contact: Kimberly Holliday

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