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Bring Mental Illness Out of the Shadows

WHEN:   October 28, 2016

TIME:     7:00 P.M.

WHERE:  Perry High School, 1 Success Blvd, Perry, OH 44081

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A Friday, October 28th football game between Perry and Harvey High Schools will feature a unique twist. NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) Lake County is partnering with the two schools to raise awareness about mental illness through an initiative called Bringing Mental Illness out of the Shadows.

The game, which begins at 7:00 p.m., takes place at Alumni Stadium, 1 Success Blvd., Perry.  Fans at the game will notice significantly more green hues than they’re used to seeing. That’s because the initiative borrows from Chicago Bears player Brandon Marshall who wore green shoes during a 2013 game to bring attention to Mental Illness Awareness Week. Thus both teams will forgo their normal uniforms in favor of green-themed garb – Perry Pirates players will sport green socks and shirts with white numbers, Harvey Red Raiders players will have green socks, and white shirts with green numbers and Cheerleaders from both sides will be using green and white pom-poms. Fans will be given green wrist band awareness bracelets, imprinted with the  NAMI slogan, Hope starts with you and green glow-sticks as they enter. Green is used globally to make a statement of support for Mental Health Awareness.

NAMI Lake County Executive Director Carole Jazbec says her organization is excited about the event. “Raising awareness and reducing stigma are very high on our priority list,” she explains. “In the United States, someone dies by suicide every 12 minutes. Individuals living with mental illness are increasingly housed in jails and prisons rather than receiving proper care in hospitals or in the community. If we can make it easier to talk about mental illness, that paves the way for more people to reach out for help.”

Perry School’s Superintendent Jack Thompson is an enthusiastic supporter of the event. “We’re very proud of our school system’s commitment to help and support students struggling with mental illness and to make resources more readily available to them.”  Thompson added, “When NAMI approached us about this idea, we were on board with it immediately. It will be a fun way to draw some much needed attention to an important issue.”

NAMI Lake County is a provider in the Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board network. The ADAMHS Board plans, funds, evaluates, and monitors services for Lake County residents dealing with mental illness and/or addiction disorders. More information on the ADAMHS Board and available services is available at

The following hashtags will be used during the event:

  • #Act4MentalHealth
  • #MentalIllness
  • #OutOfTheShadows


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