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NAMIWalks held to battle mental illness

Last modified: 9/25/2011 12:00:00 AM
Joan Bishop of Goffstown is promoting the 9th Annual NAMIWalks event in honor of her sister, Linda Bishop, who died 3½ years ago after a long battle with mental illness.

The event will be held Oct. 2 at the New Hampshire Hospital soccer fields on Fruit Street. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10:30 a.m.

Linda Bishop, who suffered from bipolar disorder, died of starvation shortly after the New Hampshire Hospital granted her release early in 2008. She was found in an abandoned Concord house in May of that year with two notebooks describing her loneliness by her side.

Joan Bishop filed a lawsuit on behalf of Linda's daughter, Caitlin Bishop Murtagh of Rochester, saying the state was negligent when it failed to diagnose the severity of Linda's illness and released her prematurely while failing to verify she had somewhere to live.

Murtagh was awarded $275,000 last November, settling out of court.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to improving the qualify of life for individuals affected by mental illness or emotional disorders.

Joan Bishop's team is named For Linda. For details on the event, call Win Saltmarsh at 225-5359, or visit naminh.org/walk.


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