Mental Health Walk

Mental Health Walk

By Pam Brownlee 

As May is Mental Health Month, the First Annual Mental Health Walk was held on Thursday, May 4, at the Columbus Soccer Complex. The walk began at the Columbus Soccer Complex, proceeded to the Riverwalk, and then returned to the Columbus Soccer Complex. The purpose of the Mental Health Walk was to reduce the stigma associated with mental health illness, increase support and acceptance for people dealing with mental health issues, and emphasize that mental health is as important as physical health. Community Counseling Services, Alliance Health Center, Mississippi Public Health Institute, Brentwood Behavioral Healthcare, Parkwood Behavioral Health System, Baptist Memorial Hospital, City of Columbus, Allegro Family Clinic, Mississippi University for Women, Pines & Cady Hill Recovery Center, Lowndes County Juvenile Detention Center, United Way of Lowndes & Noxubee Counties, Last House on the Block, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Contact Helpline made the Mental Health Walk possible. Before the walk took place, several people spoke about mental health, and hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and drinks were provided for everyone.


  1. If you begin a walk with “the stigma of mental illness” in you r mind, you will not walk it off. It was there at the beginning it will remain there at the end.

    Harold A Maio

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