Clinical and Support Options, Inc. held the 16th annual Mental Health and Wellness Fair in Greenfield Wednesday.
Patients and mental Health providers said they want to end the stigma associated with mental illness.
There was live music, a barbeque, and speeches where people shared their mental health experiences. More than 50 health and wellness agencies were there providing information and resources.
“Awareness is the first thing here,” said Bishop Neil Boyd, president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts. “That people be aware. And breaking the stigma, all of us here to kind of push that. that people won’t be afraid to get the help.”
CSO Program Manager Kim Thibault-Britt told 22News one in five people in the U.S. are affected by a mental health condition.
“Individuals with mental health challenges do live fulfilling lives,” Thibault-Britt said. “They do go to work, they do go to school, and they have many social opportunities.”
She said more and more people have attended the Mental Health and Wellness fair every year since they first started it back in 2002.