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Community Missions, Memorial Medical Center host Interfaith Community Prayer Service

Niagara Gazette - 10/10/2018

Oct. 10--Community Missions, Inc. and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center joined together Tuesday to host the eighth annual Interfaith Community Prayer Service at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 822 Cleveland Ave.

The service was part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, a national event designed to raise public awareness about mental illness and break down the stigma that too often discourages people from seeking help when needed.

Area leaders from various faith traditions came together with mental health consumers, including those who participate in programs provided by Community Missions and Memorial Medical Center, their families and community members to offer hope to those touched by mental illness.

One in five adults experience mental illness problems every year. Although many people understand that mental illness is a medical condition, individuals and families affected by it are still often subjected to stigma and discrimination.

"We hope this service creates a moment where the community can come together to acknowledge the reality that those living with mental illness face a struggle that goes beyond the illness itself," said the Rev. Mark Breese, agency minister at Community Missions, prior to the service. "We need to show our solidarity by opposing a stigma that prevents people from seeking treatment, hinders recovery, and marginalizes our family, friends, and neighbors who struggle with their mental health."

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