Speakers share stories at Rockford Rally for Mental Health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness/Northern Illinois kicked off Mental Illness Awareness Week Monday, Oct 8, with a “Rally for Mental Health” held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Winnebago County Justice Center, 650 W. State St., Rockford.

Dozens of people attended the outdoor event, which included poems, songs, speeches and personal stories of mental illness and recovery.

Karen King of Emmanuel Episcopal Church delivers the invocation at the Mental Illness Awareness rally Monday.
Paul Elmer and Donna Pitts perform a song at the Mental Illness Awareness Week Rally Monday in Rockford.
Sandy Simon, a member of NAMI, shares a story of the impact mental illness has had on her family.
Mary Ann Abate
Mary Ann Abate, vice president of Mental Health Services for Rosecrance, speaks at the rally.
Heidi Mackey, a member of Stars of Light, shares her story of mental illness and recovery.