Mental Health Month kicks off in Rhode Island

Mental Health Month. (WJAR)

May is Mental Health Month, and it kicked off at Rhode Island State House.

"Thank you for letting me be a voice in the darkness of mental illness,” said Melissa Fundakowski who shared her story at the event. “Thank you for letting me be a voice of change.”

This year's theme: Parity. Fundakowski was diagnosed with schizophrenia and is hoping to serve as an example that help is available and makes a difference.

"My voices still bother me but no longer overwhelm me with the intensity and rage that used to hold me hostage. I am here today to let you all know that recovery is possible through hard word and undying determination. It is not easy by any means but it is attainable."

Fundakowski now works at Butler Hospital as a peer recovery specialist. Throughout this month, there are a number of symposiums, workshops and support groups planned.

A list could be found here.

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