Annual fair is helping those with mental health issues

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The people who attended the “Green River House” Mental Health and Wellness Fair are taking steps to emotional recovery. The fair helps connect people with support organizations that can help them.

The fair provided Jared Raymond of Greenfield with a place to share his concerns and goals. “I found the green river house in 2011 after a bout of being homeless and depression, and I worked though it, just having clubhouses in the area, having support is a great thing.”

The men and women who attended Wednesday’s Mental Health Fair at Energy Park in Greenfield came here to provide emotional support for each other.

They told 22News they find western Massachusetts more welcoming for them than other parts of the country.

I had horrible service in the South, when I came here. I’ve been a client of clinical support options since 1983, and this is the people who started this,” said Susan Howell of Greenfield.

One of the biggest issues that deeply stressed people face is knowing where to go for help. Organizers hope Wednesday’s Mental Health and Wellness Fair guided many in the right direction.

If you’re a Franklin County resident in need of mental health services, email jsemon@csoinc.org for more information.

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