YONKERS, NY — August 3, 2017 —Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention events are to be observed to bring about an awareness of how individuals and families are affected negatively by mental health challenges and concerns. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), there are more than 200 classified forms of mental health. Some of the more common disorders include: clinical depression, bi-polar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders. Symptoms among those suffering from these illnesses may include changes in mood, personality, personal habits and/or social withdrawal. In an effort to recommit ourselves to addressing the emotional, psychological and social issues within our homes, our communities, our city, our country and the world, Mr. Hector Santiago has decided to walk from Yonkers to Albany. The idea is to educate the public; promote agencies that provide services and build relationships with community partners who will highlight the common denominators and help empower individuals and families in crisis.
The event will begin at Yonkers Veterans Memorial located on the Broadway side of Yonkers City Hall. Mr. Santiago, known as “Hector the Connector”, will walk 140 miles north to Albany via Route 9 from Yonkers, in an effort to help bridge the gap of communication across all classes and races to determine the best solutions for addressing mental illness and improving the quality of life of the residents of the City of Yonkers.
Yonkers life-long resident and Community Activist Hector Santiago will be one among many within the community to take The Mental Health Awareness Walk, from Yonkers City Hall, 40 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701 to Albany, NY. The trek begins after a Friday, August 4th inspiring sendoff message from some elected officials at 9:00am.
Contact Hector Santiago by telephone at 914-468-3473 or direct email to: firstname.lastname@example.org