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Updated: 05/18/2014 08:00:01AM

Stigma keeps mentally ill from getting treatment

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Roxana Duren, social services coordinator at Riverside Behavioral Center in Punta Gorda, speaks with her colleagues during a morning meeting. Duren, who did a doctoral dissertation on stigma, champions public awareness and education regarding mental health issues.

By BRENDA BARBOSA

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Even among mental health professionals and caregivers, Roxana Duren is a rare find.

No doubt, it takes a special person to work in a field that requires so much patience, compassion, and mental and emotional fortitude. But colleagues who work with Duren, the social services coordinator at Riverside Behavioral Center in Punta Gorda, say she exhibits those qualities in spades.

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