Mental Health Awareness Day

Little Rock, Ark. (April 16, 2014) – The Mental Health Council of Arkansas (MHCA) announced today that a rally will be held Thursday, May 8th at11:00 am on the steps of the Capitol to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month.  Rally participants will be calling on the state to maintain services that consumers with mental illnesses and their families are receiving.


The rally will begin with remarks from Governor Mike Beebe and representatives from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services.  “This is always an important event and especially now as we continue to advocate for funding to continue to provide these critical services to our most vulnerable,” said Pam Christie, Executive Director of the Mental Health Council of Arkansas.  “Over 75,000 Arkansans and their families receive community based mental health services each year.  This is an important day as we focus on supporting those Arkansas families and individuals struggling with mental illness and work to insure access to those services” said Ms. Christie.  


Mental Health Awareness Month began in 1949 to raise awareness about mental illness and the need for services throughout Arkansas.  Working in partnership with the DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services, the rally is attended by consumers and families members from around the state.  “The DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services is thrilled to support and participate in the Mental Health Awareness Month rally.  The rally is always a wonderful event that brings people together to give a voice to the need to support the public mental health system.” 



More information can be obtained by calling Pam Christie at 501.372.7062 or visit the website

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