Our own Tom Kennedy begins his 300 mile walk from Houston to Austin, Texas, tomorrow, the first Wednesday of the month. He is walking to shed light on the perils of the stigma surrounding mental illness and asks supporters to mail him postcards with the words, “Let’s Eliminate the Stigma of Mental Illness.” Tom plans to deliver the postcards to Texas legislators.
We have seen the stigma of breast cancer fall by the wayside in our lifetime. Now it is time to do the same for mental illness. More people take their lives on Wednesday than any other day of the week. I would like to make the first Wednesday of the month Eliminate the Stigma Day. I ask that people wear orange on that day to show their support.
If you would like to support Tom on his walk, please mail postcards with the words Let’s Eliminate the Stigma of Mental Illness to :
c/o HIKE for Mental Health
207 West Heritage Drive
Friendswood, Texas 77546
You can follow his progress on his Steps Against Stigma Facebook page.