Centre County Candlelight Vigil looks to remove stigma from mental health issues

Tonight, in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month, Skills of Central Pennsylvania, Inc. and Opportunity Centre Clubhouse will hold their 6th Annual Centre County Candlelight Vigil to honor those who have lost their fight with mental illness and those who are still struggling with it.

“One in four people in the Unites States live with a mental illness and yet our society continues to regard mental illness in a negative light, not as the physical disease that it is, but as something to be feared and looked down upon,” said Opportunity Centre Clubhouse Director Emily Raymond.

Skills and Opportunity Centre Clubhouse use the yearly vigil as an opportunity to stand up against the stigma of mental illness and share inspiring stories of recovery, she said.

The vigil will take place tonight (Wednesday) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Talleyrand Park, 222 W. High Street, in Bellefonte.

This year’s speakers will be Carol Waltz, Centre County MH/MR Administrator and Chief Dianne Conrad of the Ferguson Township Police. Entertainment will be provided by local musician Erin Condo. Light Refreshments will be served.

For more information, check out the Skills website or call them at 814-238-3245.

-Erin

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