Mariel Hemingway shines spotlight on mental illness at TEAM Cares luncheon

DEARBORN­ – Actress and author Mariel Hemingway, keynote speaker to the second annual TEAM Cares luncheon, charmed and inspired more than 300 guests, who attended the March 29 event at The Henry.

Hemingway, who is also an outspoken mental health advocate, shared her family’s struggles with alcoholism and mental illness. Among seven family members who committed suicide were her grandfather Ernest Hemingway, the famed novelist, and her sister Margaux Hemingway, a fashion model and actress.

During her presentation, Hemingway asked the audience to consider their biggest weakness and then imagine how they would feel if they had to carry or wear that label on them. She stressed that mental illness is only one part of an individual’s wellness.

“We need to consider the whole being, which includes physical, mental and spiritual,” she said.

Hemingway also shared how she has been able to achieve balance in her life and answered questions from the audience.

Before the event, Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. presented Hemingway with a key to the city.

Before Hemingway’s keynote presentation, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, a mental health supporter, talked about the need for people to have the opportunity to live to their full potential.

TEAM Cares, a Michigan non-profit, is dedicated to providing medical, behavioral and mental health services, along with related support services, to underserved populations throughout Michigan.

A portion of the proceeds from the luncheon will be donated to the Detroit Public Schools’ Drew Transition Center, a post-secondary vocational training center for young adults with moderate to severe disabilities. The Drew Transition Center has become a national model for its unique programs, including the largest school garden market in the country.

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