October 21, 2017 03:26 PM
"You're not alone" - that was the message of Friday's mental health town hall in Two Harbors. The meeting was put on by the Lake County Local Mental Health Task Force.
"It's easy to say don't be afraid," said Dean Rudloff, member of the Task Force.
He says dealing with a mental illness can be a scary thing.
"There's a fear or stigma connected with mental illness. People do not want to be identified or they have a fear if they are identified, they don't what's going to come next," said Rudloff.
Fighting that stigma was the goal of the meeting.
"This event is meant to bring people in that have a mental illness or if they have a friend or neighbor that has a mental illness," said Rudloff. "They need to make connections."
Local health providers and other resources were available for just that, but the need for support goes beyond those suffering with a mental illness.
"Mental illness has a domino effect. It doesn't only affect the individual but the family and people around the person," added Rudloff.
Faith Clark is the Director for Agate Bay Professionals Chemical Health Services. She says the need for mental and chemical help locally is huge.
"We're always full. We have a lot of people coming in for help with meth problems, with alcohol," said Clark.
The hope is that people can take away and learn about the recovery resources that are available, and put many on the road to recovery.
"There's a lot of support for people and it's okay to go and get it," said Clark.
"There's the hope to recover to overcome this," said Rudloff.
22% of Americans suffer from a mental illness. Some of the local resources that attended the town hall were NAMI or the National Alliance on Mental Health, Accend Services, and Human Development Center.
Updated: October 21, 2017 03:26 PM
Created: October 20, 2017 06:11 PM
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