Candlelight Vigil for Mental Health Awareness

Oct 25 2007 6:30 pm
Oct 25 2007 8:00 pm

candlelight vigil A Candlelight Vigil for Mental Health Awareness will gather members of the wider Northfield community at Bridge Square on Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All interested persons are invited and urged to attend.

Included in the vigil will be remembrances for all those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit and for their families and other care givers. There will be opportunity for anyone present to speak.

Mental illness remains a shadow condition in many parts of our society. Lack of understanding accounts for much of this muteness. Congregations and small groups in Northfield are learning some of the truths about this illness and the need for support for all those affected in any way.

From the ELCA Disability Resources web site and from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one can learn and understand some important facts:

  • Mental Illnesses are biologically-based brain disorders. They cannot be overcome through 'will power' and are not relegated to a person's character or intelligence.
  • Mental illnesses strike individuals in the prime of their lives, often during adolescence and young adulthood.
  • The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective: between 70-90 % have a significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with a combination of medical, psychosocial treatments, and support.
  • One in every five adult Americans--more than 30 million people--suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a six month period. Eighteen million people suffer from schizohrenia and/or a depressive disorder. Over 7 million children children and adolescents suffer from a mental illness.
  • Each year over 35,000 Americans commit suicide--an average of one every 15 minutes. (Information from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depressive Disorders)

Please join others in the Northfield Community on October 25. Candles will be available at the Vigil or bring your own.