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Southwest Virginia Walks for Mental Health - April 8

EMORY Va. – Area mental health advocates are stressing recovery as they plan for the third annual Southwest Virginia Mental Health Walk April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Emory & Henry College.

“The incidence of mental illness in America is high, affecting one in four people,” said Henry Smith, Director of Mental Health Services, Cumberland Mountain Community Services, and a member the organizing committee for this year’s event. “Many people mistakenly believe that having a mental illness is a hopeless sentence and a futile struggle. But recovery from mental illness is occurring.”

Mental health professionals invite the community to join in the walk, which this year has been named the “Community Walk for Recovery” in celebration of the many successful journeys to mental wellness.

Hundreds of students from area colleges, family members, involved professionals, interested citizens and those who have recovered from mental illnesses will come together for a day of community building. Informative talks, educational booths, door prizes, music and food will help spread the news: Recovery is possible.

Before the Walk around campus, a model program for law enforcement intervention in crisis situations will be presented

Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch or buy hot dogs on campus. Entertainment will be provided by the Whitetop Mountain Band with Dr. Mark Handy, the DJ Antoine Adept, and the Powerhouse Chorus

“Meet people who share their stories of hope and success,” said Mr. Smith. “Find out how you can support recovery for everyone with a mental illness. This event comes with a guarantee to enrich your life.”

For additional information contact Judy Salyer at 276-479-2800 or  

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