N.D. (LuWanna Lawrence) – The North Dakota State Hospital is
continuing a long-standing holiday tradition on Monday, Dec. 4, as it
hosts the Celebration of Lights event, which brings people from the
community together to share holiday joy while raising awareness of
people with mental illness who are in recovery.
community is invited to enjoy a concert featuring Jamestown High
School’s Jazz Choir and Show Choir, the lighting of a Tree of Hope,
and a visit by Santa who will provide treat bags for participants.
Activities begin at 6:30 p.m., and refreshments, including cookies,
hot chocolate and coffee will also be served.
programming will be held in the hospital’s LaHaug Gym, 2605 Circle
Drive on the State Hospital campus in Jamestown.
enjoy holding this annual event because it brings people together,
and it brings joy. It is hard to be in a hospital during the
holidays,” said Kim Kapp, Director of Inpatient Services at the
hospital. “The Celebration of Lights allows people who are
receiving inpatient mental health or substance addiction services to
enjoy a traditional community celebration.”
said the Mental Health Association in North Dakota (now Mental Health
America in North Dakota) started the Celebration of Lights event
about 27 years ago to help shine light on the stigma of mental
illness, while honoring and supporting family members, friends and
others living with mental illness.
other diseases, mental illness and addiction are treatable, and
people can and do recover. We all have a stake in promoting mental
health and wellness for children and adults, so that our communities
are healthier and happier,” Kapp said.
North Dakota State Hospital provides specialized inpatient or
residential care to individuals with serious and persistent mental
illnesses and substance use disorders whose needs exceed community
resources. The hospital also provides other specialized services.