Mental Health Hookup Hosts ‘Stop the Stigma’ Rally for Mental Health Awareness Month

Local nonprofit Mental Health Hookup held its “Stop the Stigma” rally on Saturday to recognize May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

The rally started at 10 a.m. at Bridgeport Marketplace Park and continued until 1 p.m.

The gathering featured speakers advocating for mental health, including Mental Health Hookup Founder Barbara Wilson, Lynda Kauffman, Zee Dankworth, Retired Lt. Col. Dave M Jackson, Maizy S, Larry Schallert, and Lt. Brandon Barclay of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

“If you are struggling with mental illness, I want you to know that I see you. If you love someone struggling with mental illness, I see you too,” Wilson said.

Organized by Mental Health Hookup, the local agency is dedicated to mental health referrals in the Greater Los Angeles area, connecting those in need with the appropriate mental health resources.

The rally takes place during Mental Health Awareness Month, which the city council recognized at its last council meeting.

“As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are suffering from mental illness than ever before. This is a time to thank the mental health care providers whose services change the lives of so many,” said Board Member Marsha McLean.

Saturday’s rally provided booths from various mental health agencies in Santa Clarita, including Santa Clarita Veteran Services, Aspire, PFlag, and more.

Participants were also able to participate in a raffle for a chance to win prizes, organized by volunteers.

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