Raising Money and Consciousness

05/14/2008

from the Altamont Enterprise 5/8/08

ALBANY COUNTY — People will be walking to raise awareness of children’s mental health problems and to fight stigmas tomorrow at the First Annual 5k Benefit Walk for Children’s Mental Health at the Crossings of Colonie. 

Families Together in Albany County, which works to support and empower children and youth with social, emotional, or behavioral concerns and to support their families, too, collaborated with multiple organizations for the May 9 event. 

“The outcome that we’re hoping [for], is to bring more awareness to children’s mental health because, in a lot of ways, children’s mental health is very stigmatizing,” said Brooke Schewe, the director of Families Together. 

“People don’t want to talk about it,” she said.  “We’re hoping that this walk will not only raise funds for the program — because, of course, that’s always needed — but also bring this awareness and eliminate stigma and get people talking about it.”

This month is Mental Health Month and today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. 

Schewe said it’s up to a parent or youngster to contact Families Together, which serves children and teens from birth to age 21.

Tyler Schuling

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