Mental health walk: Taking steps to end the stigma around reaching out for help

Written by on May 5, 2022

Mental health walk: Taking steps to end the stigma around reaching out for help

By Brittany Sweeney
May 5, 2022

People from around the Lehigh Valley will come together Friday at Daniel Rice Field in Bethlehem for the 7th annual Lehigh Valley Mental Health Walk

The walk is a partnership between Lehigh and Northampton counties aimed at raising awareness about available resources and fighting the negative connotation in speaking out about mental health issues.

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“We really want people to know that you’re not your mental health diagnosis,” said Ian Panyko, a program director at Resources for Human Development in Bethlehem. “You are an individual, you are a person. We all have things that we deal with and we cope with, and there’s nothing wrong with that, just because it’s a mental health diagnosis.”

Panyko said all are invited to join Friday’s walk: Registration begins at 9 a.m.; the walk starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

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