Howard County Executive James N. Robey will unveil a bronze plaque honoring Howard County residents with mental illness and proclaim Mental Illness Awareness Week in the county at 10 a.m. Friday at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.
The plaque displays the names of 24 artists, scientists and political figures who suffered from mental illness -- among them, Abraham Lincoln, John Keats, Isaac Newton, Winston Churchill, Patty Duke and Charles Dickens.
It has been placed in the Iris Garden in the plaza in front of the building, where the ceremony will take place. The garden and the plaque were dedicated by County Executive Charles I. Ecker last year.
Mental Illness Awareness Week, a national observance sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, will be held from Sunday through Oct. 9. The organization provides education, advocacy and support for people with mental illness. The plaque is a gift from NAMI-Howard County, the organization's local chapter.