Mental health board shares a night out
Aug. 6—LIMA — Lisa Bradley was the hostess for a mental health awareness gathering at the Vibe Coffeehouse and Café on Friday evening. It was the second year for the event.
“This is just for people to come out and have a good evening, to have food and to enjoy one another.” Bradley said, “We’re still having a difficult time. We may be through the hardest part of the pandemic but we know that there is still a lot of anxiety and depression and other mental health concerns that are happening. We just want to give people the opportunity to come out and enjoy themselves.”
Food and beverages were available for the people enjoying the company of one another. There were some art activities helping people interact. And there was music.
Bradley continued to detail the task of mental health professionals. “Stigma today can be quite the burden. We want to tear those things down. We want people to know that they are not alone. I know the agencies are working hard to get their services out there. And I know our private communities, our churches and neighborhoods are all trying to take care of each other. So we just want to make sure that everybody knows that we’re in this together.
“There’s a great push from the state and federal governments to get more mental health services out there. We just want to take care of as many as we can.”
The emcee for the evening, Courtney Owens, shared the same sentiment, “We all just went through something unprecedented and we’ll probably go through something unprecedented again. But we’re just gonna keep the faith and stay in prayer and know that everything will be okay!”
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