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Irises For Hope Notecard Fundraiser Supports Pittsburgh Mercy’s Veterans Services

PITTSBURGH (March 20, 2017) – Irises for Hope®, an annual campaign that supports Pittsburgh Mercy’s community-based mission and programs, is featuring notecards this year as a fundraiser to benefit its services for veterans.

Pittsburgh Mercy, a member of Trinity Health, serving in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, conducts the annual Irises for Hope® campaign to raise awareness of mental illness and support the organization’s services.

The notecards depict Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpiece “Irises,” which was painted while the renowned artist was institutionalized as a result of mental illness. By using the beauty of this painting to represent mental illness awareness, Pittsburgh Mercy hopes to reduce the stigma that is so often associated with this treatable health condition by providing information and education.

For a $15 donation, plus shipping, supporters will receive 10 notecards with the “Irises” image on the front, blank inside and a coordinating envelope. Notecards are 5½-by-4 inches.

For more information, contact Lorry Perkins at LPerkins@pittsburghmercy.org. To order, visit https://www.pittsburghmercy.org/events.

An estimated 43.8 percent of Americans ages 18 and older – about one in five adults – suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Mental illness can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income, and is not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.

According to the American Psychological Association, 20 percent of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression, and 7.1 percent meet criteria for a substance abuse disorder.

About Pittsburgh Mercy

Pittsburgh Mercy, a member of Trinity Health, serving in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, is one of the region’s largest health and social service nonprofits and also one of its largest employers. Pittsburgh Mercy includes Bethlehem Haven, McAuley Ministries, Mercy Behavioral Health, Mercy Community Health, Mercy Intellectual Disabilities Services, Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, Operation Safety Net®, and Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center. Together, these Pittsburgh Mercy programs and their 1,700 employees serve more than 33,000 individuals annually at 60+ locations in Southwestern Pennsylvania. To learn more about Pittsburgh Mercy, or to make a donation in support of its important work in the community, visit www.pittsburghmercy.org.

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