A psychological well being consciousness and Cease the Violence occasion and rally was held at Outdated Metropolis Park on Saturday. The ambiance was one in all celebration, with music and meals complementing the sunny day, lightening the temper for an occasion targeted round a severe subject.
Organizers Sharon Davis and Samuel Hux – the “Consciousness Angels”- beforehand held an occasion on the Robust Metropolis Park on Might 6, and introduced the gathering to El Dorado in try and additional their mission of psychological well being consciousness.
Davis was celebrating her 51st birthday on Saturday and mentioned the occasion had the additional advantage of serving to her personal psychological well being.
Davis’ son, Tony A. Cole II, was fatally shot on January 30 throughout an argument with an acquaintance, 33-year-old Markeith Mitchell, in a Robust pool corridor.
“I didn’t need to be house alone [today], so we put this collectively,” Davis mentioned.
Davis was candid about her psychological well being struggles and the significance she believes consciousness has as a group undertaking.
“I’ve at all times had psychological well being points, but it surely obtained worse after my son was murdered… We all know this can be arduous due to the stigma, however we’ll hold pushing. It’s vital to get the phrase out and attempt to convey the group collectively,” Davis mentioned.
Davis and Hux met solely just lately however shortly bonded over shared psychological well being struggles and the will to unfold consciousness and break psychological well being stigmas regionally.
“We simply met a month in the past, however had been capable of assist one another in disaster… Individuals could be scared to speak about psychological well being as a result of they suppose they are going to be judged. Psychological well being [issues] can go unnoticed, which may convey violence. We need to let individuals know they aren’t alone,” Hux mentioned.
The 2 subsequent plan to carry a psychological well being discussion board in July with a wide range of psychological well being professionals.
Mayor Veronica Smith-Creer, who beforehand championed the occasion throughout a metropolis council assembly, mentioned on Saturday she believes the occasion highlights the necessity to break the stigma surrounding psychological well being care.
“It’s vital to the group to convey consciousness to the scenario… So many individuals endure from the stigma of psychological well being and aren’t conscious that they are often helped, or don’t know the place they’ll go for assist,” Smith-Creer mentioned.
Council member Willie McGhee, who was additionally in attendance, echoed this sentiment.
“I’ve been preaching Cease the Violence for a very long time. Once we lose younger individuals, it impacts the entire group… Children want psychological well being care too, not simply adults. Think about being a child throughout this pandemic, coping with being remoted at house. [We have to] acknowledge the indicators of psychological well being points and do away with the stigma that searching for psychological well being care means you’re ‘loopy.’ The stigma may even be doubled in communities of colour, however psychological well being care is so useful in so many conditions,” McGhee mentioned.
Violence locally, McGhee added, impacts the whole group and have to be addressed as a group.
Harbor Home rep Tamara Iverson mentioned she was there from the group’s satellite tv for pc workplace in Magnolia to assist unfold consciousness about dependancy and present that assist is out there.
“We glance to coach individuals about medicine and alcohol, and do college shows statewide,” Iverson mentioned.
Meals and craft distributors additionally shared area alongside psychological well being care organizations. These on the occasion included Harbor Home rep Tamara Iverson, Mortuary BBQ, Drebae’s, Nice Daze Bowtique, Defend Self All the time, Pinky’s Candy Treats, Ernesto’s Kitchen and DJ B-Dub.
Visitor audio system had been additionally scheduled to take the stage all through the day. The occasion lasted from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m.