Behavioral health advocates rally at State Capitol

A group representing St. Joseph County took part in a recent rally at the State Capitol.

Vulnerable and at-risk citizens gathered May 2 to remind legislators to prioritize people first in the ongoing discussions to privatize parts of the state’s behavioral health system.

The 14th annual “Walk-a- Mile in My Shoes” rally was staged to keep public behavioral healthcare at the center of political dialogue. Members from Circle of Friends Clubhouse, located in Sturgis, were in attendance to help put an end to the stigma surrounding developmental disabilities and behavioral health.

Verda Reed, a Clubhouse member, spoke on the steps of the Capitol and was followed by several other advocates from across the state.

Clubhouses are community centers for men and women recovering from mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression.

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