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 MONTGOMERY, Ala.- On Wednesday, May 15th the usual blue and yellow Montgomery Biscuits fan apparel was drowned in a sea of green shirts for an important cause. Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) hosted it’s annual “Strike Out Stigma Night” to bring awareness to the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse.

“This is an opportunity for COSA-NCADD [Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD] and other community organizations to help people understand the importance of mental health and realize that it is just as necessary to care for as their physical health,” said Edana Love, COSA-NCADD Peer Support Specialist. “May is Mental Health Awareness Month so the timing for this event could not be better.”

In the United States mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in five people, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Many individuals do not seek the help they need for their mental health due to the stigma surrounding mental illness. These individuals often worry about being stereotyped, judged or treated unfairly. With appropriate resources and educational materials, it is possible for people with mental health issues to improve their quality of life.

“Strike Out Stigma Night” is a partnership with the Montgomery Biscuits, ADMH, NAMI, COSA-NCADD and other community partners. Guests were treated to plenty giveaways and had the opportunity to visit the ten vendor tables to receive materials on mental illness and substance abuse.

Edana Love was selected by the Biscuits organization to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The action on the diamond produced excitement with the crowd as the Biscuits were in a close match with the Mississippi Braves. The game went into extra innings with the Braves edging out the hometown Biscuits by a score of 4-3 in the 10th.

If you would like more information on how to get help for mental illness or substance abuse please call the Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD at 334-262-7477.

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