SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – There are many ways to address the mental health crisis faced by countless people in our communities.
Today in South Sioux City, those who have made it their mission to help are marching towards a brighter future for families in need.
Over the past few months, the conversation surrounding mental health has focused on the new 988 helpline.
Heartland Counseling in South Sioux City plays an important role in getting help for those who call the new hotline.
Today’s walk is just one way to support all the services Heartland provides for those dealing with mental health issues.
“We have vendors so we can do games with individuals, with families. We have dazzling pots, face paint, and all of this is just to really support the cause in Siouxland to eliminate the stigma of mental health. within our own community,” said Sarah Shanahan, the walk coordinator.
Funds raised at events throughout the year are used for a number of mental health awareness campaigns.
Uninsured and underinsured people who need help benefit from these funds.
Free education is also provided to the community on mental health, substance use and general self-care.
“Although this is a friends raising event, not a fundraising event, as it is free for the community, we have sponsors supporting the event, and all that is donated beyond the cost of the event goes back into those programs and services so that we can provide that,” said Jennifer Hart, of Heartland Counseling Services.
Today’s walk is just one of many events organized by Heartland Counseling with a focus on breaking the mental health stigma.
Heartland Counseling service providers remind people that mental health does not discriminate.
If you or a loved one need help, call 988, an easy-to-remember number that offers direct access to compassionate care and support for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress.
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