March focuses on mental health awareness – The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald


Mental Health Awareness Walk

Posted at 5:28 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2022

WINDSOR – Talk to chops.

It’s the rallying cry behind an effort to educate local residents about removing the stigma attached to those struggling with mental health issues.

The public is invited to learn more at the annual Let’s Talk Awareness Walk, scheduled for Saturday, September 10 in Windsor. This event opens at 9 a.m. at 1001 King Street.

The event is sponsored by Eustress, a nonprofit organization that strives to raise awareness for mental health, and the Bertie County YMCA. In addition to the awareness walk, the event features games, food, a live DJ, vendors and mental health resources.

“We are a nonprofit organization that helps those who face the daily challenges of coping with mental health issues,” said Latisha Dutch, operations manager at Eustress, Inc. “We want to break down the barriers that many are faced when seeking help for their problems.In some cases, we are able to offer financial assistance to those who seek help.

The September 10 event is hosted by Bertie County natives Rwenshaun Miller and Casey Owens.

Miller is an award-winning psychotherapist, whose personal mission is to bring about social change in the way individuals recognize, approach and treat mental health issues.

Owens is the director of the Bertie County YMCA.

Miller said the stigma surrounding mental illness prevents many people with depression, anxiety, panic attacks or other mental health issues from seeking help.

“Our goal is to educate the community at large about mental health issues and provide resources,” he said.

Three Let’s Talk Awareness Walks are held each year in North Carolina. The first was in May in Charlotte. The September 10 event in Windsor will be followed by an event in Chapel Hill on October 29 as part of the UNC Homecoming Weekend.

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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, is managing editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index and Front Porch Living magazine.

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