Coalition will bring community together for Mental Illness Awareness Week

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) The Behavioral Health Awareness Coalition (BHAC) and the Helen Ross McNabb Center will present the annual Community Day at Market Square in Knoxville on Friday, Oct. 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Community Day is a free event, open to the public, aimed at raising awareness, reducing stigma and providing information regarding mental health resources in our community. Attendees can sing and dance along with music provided by The Kincaid Band and WIVK 107.7 FM will emcee the event. There will be food, face painting, door prizes geared toward raising awareness and celebrating diversity and so much more!

More than 30 organizations from the Knoxville area will be at Community Day with booths to provide information about their services. Walgreens will also be in attendance providing free flu shots to attendees.

Community Day is a traditional part of Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). Mental illness affects one in five individuals in the country. MIAW is designed to promote a better understanding for mental illness in our area. For more information regarding Community Day contact Pamela Coleman, 865-544-3841 ext. 4105.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the Center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. As the Center celebrates 70 years of providing services to communities in East Tennessee, its mission remains clear and simple; “Improving the lives of the people we serve.” For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 800-255-9711.

The Behavioral Health Awareness Coalition of East Tennessee is composed of individuals representing agencies, organizations, and other groups concerned with behavioral health. The Coalition is devoted to education and awareness of needs surrounding mental illness and addiction for all segments of the population. For more information visit, www.bhacet.org.

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