(photo courtesy of Carroll County Coalition)

CARROLLTON, Mo. — Mental health. Even in 2021, the stigma attached to the phrase still seems to linger. The Carroll County Coalition, in conjunction with several other organizations, is trying to put an end to any shame associated with the term. One of the many ways the coalition is  working toward that goal  is the development of the Mental Health Awareness Walk. Misty Kemble-Williams, who works as a Social Worker/Case Manger, has more about those who put the walk together.

The Carroll County Coalition is a fairly new coming-together in the Carroll County community. Kemble-Williams says the coalition has been together for about three years now. She says the coalition wanted to do something that would draw people together while bringing awareness to mental health. The group chose the Carrollton Walking Trail as the destination for the event after noticing a lot of residents use the trail. The thought is that people are comfortable using the area, so it’s a great place for the occasion.

What exactly is a Mental Health Awareness Walk? Kemble-Williams gives details of what a participant can expect to see and do during the event.

The more groups who discussed the walk, the more became involved. This includes Carrollton High School students who decided to become a part of it all.

Anyone who would like to join in the Mental Health Awareness Walk is welcome to do so. The cost of the event is a free-will donation. Kemble-Williams explains where the proceeds the Carroll County Coalition receives from the walk will go.

Kemble-Williams feels very strongly about helping those with mental health and addiction issues. She shares a personal story.

She says untreated psychological issues often lead to even worse prognoses for those who are already suffering. By reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues, the Carroll County Coalition hopes to see more people seeking out professionals in the mental health field.

The Mental Health Awareness Walk takes place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at the Carrollton Walking Trail. Kemble-Williams says the Carroll County Coalition is looking forward to the walk and hopes to see many people attend.

To learn more about the Carroll County Coalition, or for information on how to donate to the organization, click here.