From Mental Health Council of Arkansas :
Little Rock, Ark. (April 30, 2013) - The Mental Health Council of Arkansas (MHCA) announced today that a rally will be held Thursday, May 9, 11:30 am on the steps of the Capitol to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month for Arkansas Children, Adults and Families. Rally participants will be calling on the state to maintain services that consumers with mental illnesses and their families are receiving.
Mental Health Awareness Month began in 1949 to raise awareness about mental illness and the need for services throughout Arkansas. "People with mental and substance abuse disorders may die decades earlier than the average person-mostly from preventable and untreated chronic illnesses. If prevention and treatment services are available-we can reduce these fatalities. We know people can recover and lead healthy and productive lives. The Division of Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to leading the charge of transforming the Arkansas Behavioral Health Care System by promoting a holistic approach to care and recovery, advocating for high quality efficient services, and ensuring positive consumer outcomes."
The rally will begin with brief remarks from Mayor Mark Stodola, representatives from the Division of Behavioral Health Services and consumers. "This will be a great day for our consumers to use their voices to raise awareness about mental illnesses", said Pam Christie, Executive Director of the Mental Health Council of Arkansas. "Over 76,000 Arkansans and their families receive community based mental health services. We welcome them to come and be a part of this day in support of our many citizens who are struggling with mental illness", said Ms. Christie.
More information can be obtained by calling Pam Christie at 501.372.7062 or visit the website at; www.mhca.org.