Mental health awareness fair in Cassopolis on Friday

NOW: Mental health awareness fair in Cassopolis on Friday


CASSOPOLIS, Mich. -- In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare is hosting a fair on Friday to showcase what resources are available to Cass County residents.

The fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the old Midwest Energy building, right across the street from Woodlands’ main office at 960 M60 E in Cassopolis.

It’s the first time Woodlands, which has served the community for 65 years, is hosting a fair like this.

“I think in recent years there’s been very much of a collaboration between all of the service providers here, recognizing that mental health is a part of essential health,” said Woodlands CEO Kathy Sheffield. “So we partner with the courts, the sheriff’s office, the Cass Family Clinic – there are many entities here that we come together to serve clients in a holistic kind of way.”

Several of Woodlands’ community partners will be at Friday’s fair. There will be speakers, games, and activities for kids.

The staff at Woodlands helps people struggling with mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability disorders.

While treatment is something that takes place every day inside the clinic’s offices, the goal of Friday’s fair is to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month by publicly showing people that you don’t have to feel afraid to step forward for help.

“I just like for people to know that that’s a sign of strength and not a sign of weakness, to seek help and treatment,” said Justin McCammon, an intake clinician at Woodlands. “Because we live in an age where mental health issues are becoming more of an issue worthy of public attention and there’s more and more growing resources.”

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