Mental health awareness activities available

Published 11:06 pm Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May is national Mental Health Month, according to a press release.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Freeborn County, formerly Community Mental Health Committee, will sponsor several events throughout the month of May focused on its mission to educate Freeborn County residents about mental illness and advocate for the needs of those affected.

According to NAMI, one in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime. Local studies have indicated that approximately one-third of Freeborn County residents struggle with anxiety or depression.

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Throughout the month of May, there will be public service announcements in local media and displays at area businesses focusing on mental health awareness.

Friday will be the start of a yarn-bombing awareness activity in New Denmark Park. Knitters and crocheters were invited to participate by attending an informational meeting in March.

On May 13 is the Amazing Race, which is an event that will bring more awareness to mental health issues and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Teams are invited to register through or

On May 22 youth, technology and social media will be present at Albert Lea High School. Register at

For more information about any of the events, contact Lana Howe at 507-377-5504 or Ann Austin at 507-373-8670.