Annual Mental Health Walk Planned for October

Do you or someone you care about struggle with mental illness?  Have you ever asked yourself how you might help?   Here’s how.  Join the Henry County Mental Health Alliance in their fourth annual Mental Health Walk on October 7, in Windmont Park at noon.  Participating in the Walk not only helps you learn more about living with mental illness but also promotes awareness in the community.  According to Beth Smith, Chairperson of the Walk, “As we talk more freely about mental illness, stigma is reduced, and people will be more willing to seek the help they need.”


The featured speaker at the Walk is Ernâni Magalhães.  Some of you may have heard his compelling presentation at the Mental Health Conference earlier this year.  Ernâni is a husband, a father, a university professor, an attorney, and has bipolar disorder.  He talks about his struggles and triumphs of living with a mental illness.


Pre-walk activities will kick off at noon, with the walk around the park to begin at 1:00 pm.  The activities will include a free cookout, children’s events, a resource fair, and a bounce house.


“Because one out of four people struggle with mental health issues at some point in their lives, we all know someone who is impacted,” states Gail Ripka, Alliance volunteer.  “Coming together in support of mental health has a major impact on our community.”


To participate in the Walk you may register at: or you can register by phone by calling 309-945-7103.


In order to receive a Let’s Talk T-shirt on the day of the Walk you must pre-register by September 23, and pay a fee of $20.00.  Students and veterans are eligible for a reduced registration rate of $10.00.  If you do not want a T-shirt, registration is free.


Please join the Henry County Mental Health Alliance in meeting the mental health needs of our community.

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