Mental health awareness event set for Monday during county fair

Project AMH, a mental health awareness event, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in front of the 4-H Building at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Brownstown.

Project Advocate for Mental Health is a collaboration between Purdue Extension Jackson County and Mental Health America of Jackson County.

"We will be promoting local resources, national hotlines, programs within the school systems and the different coalitions in Jackson County working with mental health," said Lizzy Lenart, the health and human sciences intern with Purdue Extension Jackson County.

"We will also strive to educate the public on active steps the community is taking to help address mental health concerns," she said. "The goal of Project AMH is to start a constructive conversation of mental health in our community."

The purpose of this project is to engage the community with a word wall. A banner with the words "I matter" will be displayed, providing people with the opportunity to write affirmations on mini Post-it Notes and place on the banner.

"The first-person point of view is meant to help start positive internal dialogue that is so important with mental health," Lenart said. "We hope by the end of the day all the letters will be filled with Post-its and it’ll make a colorful message."

A pamphlet will be available providing a lot of information, including screening tools, hotlines, local organizations that provide mental health services, what the community is doing and what you can do. A resource card describing what to do during a mental health emergency also will be provided.

If it’s raining, the event will be housed in the nearby Farm Bureau Building.