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Nashville Brings Awareness To Mental Health

Posted at 9:57 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 22:57:33-04

Nashville has gone green to spread awareness for mental health in the mid-state.

Speakers from around the country came to Nashville to push for more treatment, support, and health options for those suffering from mental illness.

Representatives of NAMI Tennessee, Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, and several others spoke on the topic that affects so many people.

“What people don’t know is that folks get better too, and we see people all the time that are in recovery for mental illness so as long as there's access to good quality treatment. People get better, but it could make just getting out of bed, going to work, doing anything more difficult. Just thinking clearly could be more difficult,” said Jeff Fladen.

The Korean War Memorial Bridge and Metro Courthouse were lit in green Wednesday night for the occasion.

The event was coordinated by the Region 4 Mental Health Planning Council as an anti-stigma event and community awareness event.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 18% of Americans suffer from a mental health illness every year.