Andrea Purnell serves as the Communications Director at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) at UMSL. On behalf of MIMH, she uses her background in the arts to educate the community on matters related to mental health. In addition to her public relations duties at MIMH, Andrea is an actress, writer, director and stage manager, who combines her creative gifts with her concern for mental health care to great efficacy. Her acting credits include theater, commercials, industrial films, and movies. Among her writing credits is the play “Depression, Whose Disease Is It Anyway,” which she produced for the stage as part of a performing arts program designed to match the actor and the mental health professional in addressing mental illness.