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Mental Health & Wellness Fair held in Greenfield

Align:start HEALTH. ASHLEY: GREENFIELD HELD ITS 16TH ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR TODAY. JENNIFER: 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI JOINS US FROM OUR FRANKLIN COUNTY BUREAU AFTER SPEAKING WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE THERE. MIKE: PATIENTS AND MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS SAID THEY WANT TO END THE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. THE CLINICAL & SUPPORT OPTION’S 16TH ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR WAS HELD THIS AFTERNOON AT ENERGY PARK IN GREENFIELD.

Size:84% THERE WAS LIVE MUSIC, A BARBEQUE, AND SPEECHES WHERE PEOPLE SHARED THEIR MENTAL HEALTH EXPERIENCES. MORE THAN 50 HEALTH AND WELLNESS AGENCIES WERE THERE PROVIDING INFORMATION AND RESOURCES. BISHOP NEIL BOYD: PRESIDENT, NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS OF WESTERN MA AWARNESS IS THE FIRST THING HERE. THAT PEOPLE BE AWARE. AND BREAKING THE STIGMA, ALL OF US HERE TO KIND OF PUSH THAT. THAT PEOPLE WON’T BE AFRAID TO GET THE HELP.

KIM THIBAULT-BRITT: PROGRAM MANAGER, CIINICAL & SUPPORT OPTIONS INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES DO LIVE FULFILLING LIVES. THEY DO GO TO WORK, THEY DO GO TO SCHOOL, AND THEY HAVE MANY SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES. MIKE: THIBAULT-BRITT TOLD 22NEWS 1 IN 5 PEOPLE IN THE U.S. ARE AFFECTED BY A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION. MIKE: SHE SAID MORE AND MORE PEOPLE HAVE ATTENDED THE MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR EVERY YEAR SINCE THEY FIRST STARTED IT BACK IN 2002. LIVE FROM THE FC BUREAU, IN GREENFIELD, MIKE MASCIADRELLI,.

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