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Published on September 07, 2007

Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Foundation Hosts its 4th Annual Golf Invitational to Benefit the Mentally Ill

Rockville, MD - More than 157 golf enthusiasts from the National Capital Area will participate in Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Foundation's 4th annual Golf Invitational on Monday, September 10, 2007 at the Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Maryland. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in four adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder each year in the United States. The theme of this year's Golf Invitational, "Driving the Stigma Out of Mental Illness," exemplifies the need to empower families and communities to become advocates for those who suffer from mental illnesses such as depression or bipolar disorder.

Jill Sorenson, anchor of Comcast SportsNet, will serve as honorary chairperson for the Golf Invitational. Tee time begins at 11:00 a.m. followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at Whiskey Creek's Clubhouse. Whiskey Creek was recently named one of only two 4.5-star golf courses in the National Capital area by Golf Digest magazine.

"I am pleased to be an advocate for changing the way people think about mental illness," said Jill Sorenson. "Mental illness can affect anyone, including those who are closest to us. It's important to initiate a dialog about mental illness and offer assistance to those who show symptoms of a mental disorder. When we do that, we become instrumental in eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness," added Sorenson.

The Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Foundation is a non-profit organization that is guided by a mission to support mental health and special education needs in the communities served by Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health. Proceeds from the Golf Invitational will help support the faith-based mental health care offered at Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, which treats the mentally ill patients throughout the State of Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia in 2006.

"Mental illness is a serious and often treatable disease," said Judi Weltmann, chair, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Foundation. "I am extremely grateful for the generous contributions of our sponsors who have made this event possible and have consistently supported our important mission to help eliminate the stigma of mental illness - a disease that affects a quarter of the population in the United States."

This year's Golf Invitational is sponsored by Thompson West, Merrill Corporation, FedEx, LAN Associates, Coakley Williams Construction, WFT Engineering, Inc, CBRE, The Sullivan Family, Capitol Drywall, Xerox, Guest Services, Tripoli Terrazzo & Tile, LLC, Financial Benefit Services, Wachovia Wealth Management and American Detail Cleaning.

About Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Foundation

The Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Foundation supports and promotes Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health's mission to meet the behavioral health and special education needs of the community. Through donor support, the Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Foundation helps create a standard that distinguishes Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health and its parent organization, Adventist HealthCare, Inc. from other behavioral health care providers in the National Capital Area.

About Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health

Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, a member of Adventist Behavioral HealthCare, which includes behavioral health services offered at the Reginald S. Lourie Center and Washington Adventist Hospital, is one of the largest providers of mental health services in Maryland. With more than 900 employees, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health offers a range of services for children, adolescents and seniors including acute behavioral care, outpatient chemical dependency programs, residential treatment, school programs and community-based services. Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health has locations in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties and the Eastern Shore.

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