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This month celebrates #BringingLightToMentalHealth (audio)

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In commemoration of May as “Mental Health Awareness Month,” WXHC is running a special weekly segment featuring input and advice from local professionals in Cortland County:


Patricia Schaap is the mental health department’s Single Point of Access (SPOA) coordinator and director of Youth Prevention Services.

She led off this month’s series with a discussion this morning on the unique ways her department is celebrating the month, in light of the current social restrictions caused by COVID-19.

One of those opportunities is set for this Thursday (May 8), where members of the community are invited to join in on #BringingLightToMentalHealth by turning on a porch light or igniting a candle around 7:30 pm.

A moment of darkness will then be observed at 8 pm by shutting off all lights and devices in your home for a minute.

Be sure to tune into the rest of this month’s Mental Health Awareness Month segments, airing each Monday after the 9:00 local news.

“Traditionally in May, the Mental Health Association has partnered with many local agencies to provide an annual community walk – which is during a lunch – and a community dinner with guest speakers,” Schaap said. “We know with COVID-19 this won’t be possible, so the MHA is trying to think out-of-the-box on different ways to promote mental health awareness.”


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