Mental Health Awareness at Capitol
"Project Life" members coordinated mental health awareness day at the State Capitol. They have been doing it for 17 years. One of their goals is to remind state politicians why funding for mental health programs is necessary.
Participants celebrated mental health awareness day in a variety of ways. Some played music on the steps of the Capitol while others attended seminars in the Truman Building. Several health groups set up inside the State Capitol to pass out information. Project life members say they want people to know there is help available.
"The experience of seeing that people really care for people with mental illness. There are people who advocate for them. It's kind of a way to say I'm not alone in this," said event director Gerald Hitzhusen.
According to Project Life, mental illness affects one in four Missouri families. The exhibits are open until about 2:30 Wednesday afternoon.