‘Spring Into Action’ event to highlight resources, educate community on mental health
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Mental health is as important as physical health and wellness; however, many people fail to seek support because of the attached stigma, according to officials at William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital and Highland-Clarksburg Hospital.
The two health care facilities are partnering to host Lewis County’s first ever Mental Health Awareness Fair, starting at 5:30 p.m. on May 6 at St. Pat’s Gymnasium in Weston.
The free event, “Spring Into Action,” will feature resources for many aspects of mental health and encourage community members to take a stand against mental health stigma and stereotypes.
“We are excited to announce that there will be a variety of participants, including many local mental health care providers, therapy animals, KidLink, Lewis County EMS, and the National Association for Mental Illness,” said Krista Adkins, volunteer services coordinator at Sharpe Hospital.
This will provide a great awareness opportunity for those who may not know where or how they can access services for themselves or a family member.
“There are many organizations and providers that offer mental health care support and services,” said Shannon Putnam, marketing director at Highland Clarksburg Hospital. “We hope that hosting an event will allow people to learn more about the resources that are available. The event is aimed at decreasing the stigma associated with mental health and improving access to resources.”
Food will be provided at no cost and door prizes including MP3 players, gift baskets, and gift cards will be given away throughout the evening.
Vendor participation is open to any organization that can positively impact mental health, support groups, or providers that offer mental health services. Vendors must be registered by May 3.
For more information, please contact [email protected] at 304-269-1210, ext. 339.