The Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition has two events planned to address awareness of resources and of reducing stigma towards mental health concerns, one in Malone on Friday, May 14, and one in Tupper Lake on Friday, May 21. Alexander Violo/Malone Telegram

MALONE — There are two events planned this month to spread awareness about mental health awareness in Franklin County.

The Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition has events planned to address awareness of resources and of reducing stigma towards mental health concerns, in Malone on Friday, May 14, and in Tupper Lake on Friday, May 21.

According to a press release from Deceil Moore, a certified community behavioral health project coordinator at St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center, both events will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“St. Joseph’s is also committed to increasing community awareness that asking for and receiving mental health services and supports represents an expression of strength not a reflection of weakness,” St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center CEO Bob Ross, said in the press release.

The Malone event will take place at Arsenal Green and Tupper Lake’s event will take place at the Municipal Park, according to Moore’s press release, which states several non-profit organizations will be present at both events.

“Caring for our mental health is just as important as caring for our physical health,” Joe Riccio, Citizen Advocates’ director of communications, said in the press release, “Events like these are a great opportunity to raise awareness and connect people with the wide range of mental health supports and services we have available in Franklin County, and beyond.”

Local artist, Shelley Shutler, will be on hand at the events to play music and lead discussion regarding recovery, according to the press release.

“We are excited about the opportunity to stand tall with people from all over our communities, to say, we all need support sometimes. Reach out for you or a loved one. It can save a life,” Robin Gay, St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center director of community services, said in the press release.

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