Erase The Stigma Walk 

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and it started with a fund raising walk that started in Brewer and looped through Bangor.The Walk to Erase Stigma kicked off at the OHI office in Brewer.It’s a three and a half mile walk.The walk is designed to raise awareness for two area programs.The Acadia Recovery Community and OHI Rachel’s House.While there are funds raised through this it’s not the primary motive, the goal is to attract positive attention to those will mental illness and those that support them according to Bonnie Jean Brooks the President and CEO of OHI.”Many people in our communities have not understood mental illness and there is stigma attached and many people who are walking today either have mental illness or have a family member with mental illness and we’re trying to do away with the the stigma that is associated with mental illness and let the community know that the people with mental illness are just like everyone else and mental illness is nothing more than a cough, cold or appendicitis.”The walk is the first part of the week, there will also be five different lectures held throughout this week.This is the 11th year that Mental Illness Awareness Week has been held.