BEDFORD, Pa. (WTAJ) — Folks gathered in Bedford Square for the 18th Annual Day of Enlightenment Candlelight Vigil.
One of the organizers of the event, Erik Whisker, said while mental health is not something new, the way it’s portrayed in media makes it harder to understand what those diseases are really like.
“We can provide a more positive light and introduction about this,” he said.
Whisker works with people struggling with a mental illness and substance abuse. He said every person knows someone with a mental illness, whether it’s friend, family member, or themselves.
“It’s something we want to make sure we’re doing positive and proactive work with,” he said.
The theme of this year’s vigil was “recovery.” Whisker said correcting the misinformation about mental health and treatment options can help those who need the guidance and support.
“Let’s come together in unity and help get people back where they need to be,” he said.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Whisker said the event was a way for people in the community to know that there are resources available to help those who need it.