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Posted on: May 15, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Since 1949, the month of May has been observed as Mental Health Month in the USA. The Rice County Local Advisory Council on Mental Health joins others across the country such as the National Alliance Mental Illness and Mental Health America to spotlight Mental Health in May and spread the word that mental health is something everyone should care about.

Please join us for a short Walk for Mental Health Awareness on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 to help raise awareness, reduce stigma, and show you care about mental health. We will gather in front of Buckham Memorial Library at 12 noon. Speakers on mental health and an ice cream social will follow the Walk at Buckham West (the Senior Center) Conference Room.

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. People struggling with mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle, sit in the same church pew, or perhaps you yourself are the one struggling with mental health.

While there are many things you can do that may help you achieve overall wellness – such as finding a reason to laugh, going for a walk with a friend, or playing with a pet – sometimes more professional support and treatment is necessary to set you on a path to recovery.

Unfortunately, only half of those affected receive treatment because of the stigma attached to mental health. Untreated, mental illness can contribute to higher medical expenses, poorer performance at school and work, fewer employment opportunities and increased risk of suicide.(America’s Charities, 4/26/19)

Why walk? Because 1 in 5 people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime. Walking for Mental Health Awareness is an opportunity to support millions of people, families, caregivers and loved ones affected by mental illness. Joining a Walk shows that we care and are connected to others. Mental Illness is a condition that isolates people and caring about others is a powerful force to improve lives. We walk together because we recover together!

Take the time to show you care! Join us on Wednesday, May 22nd.


Chris Kern, Rice County Adult Mental Health Supervisor (507) 332-6227                                

Mark Shaw, Rice County Social Services Director, (507) 332-6206                               

Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator (507) 332-6121

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