SEMO Behavioral Health’s Show Me Hope Crisis Counseling Program will host the first annual Mental Health Awareness Event on Saturday, at Salem Community Center @ the Armory. This free event will begin at 10 a.m. and is designed to raise awareness and remove stigmas associated with mental health in our community during Mental Health Awareness Month. Nearly one in five adults in the US live with mental health disorders.

There will be food available for purchase including burgers, hot dogs and baked goods. Local vendors will be on hand to display their products and community mental health partners will distribute information about local services. There will be prize drawings in addition to activities and giveaways for the kids.

According to Jodie Richter, Crisis Coordinator with Show Me Hope, “The groups coming together for this walk are showing their support for the community and helping to remove the stigma. Our goal is to build awareness for mental health in the community and open a conversation about how to recover together.”

This event is sponsored by the Show Me Hope Crisis Counseling Program at SEMO Behavioral Health. Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health is a community-based provider of integrated treatment for mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders and is certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health and accredited through CARF International. These services are provided at many of their convenient locations throughout Southeastern and Southcentral Missouri.

For more information on the participating in the Mental Health Awareness Walk/Run, contact Jodie Richter

Crisis Counselor/Show Me Hope, (573) 330-2544, jrichter@semobh.org