Today is Mental Health Awareness Day.
Advocates from across Vermont were on Burlington's Church Street to share support and resources with the public. Members of the Vermont Federation of Families and the Health Department were on hand to answer questions about things like depression and schizophrenia. The idea is to combat some of the stigma associated with mental health challenges. They say a big part of their effort was to show folks they're not alone.
"People feel the stigma behind mental illness is sometimes we feel alone and in that place you're isolated and being isolated, you don't really reach out," said Kathy Holsopple of the Vermont Federation of Families.
Experts with the Vermont Department of Health estimate 20 percent of Vermonters are living with a mental health issue.
The fair also stressed wellness opportunities like exercising and talking with others about your problems.
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