SPFD selling t-shirts to benefit suicide prevention coalition
City Times Staff
Local officials on Friday gathered at the Portage Co. Annex to observe the proclamation of May as Mental Health Awareness Month.
While the county and city designations were symbolic, they solidified local officials’ determination to offer all the help possible for those dealing with mental health issues, and to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
Stevens Point police and firefighters, along with city and county employees, joined with Mayor Mike Wiza and County Executive Patty Dreier, representatives from Ministry St. Michael’s and others involved in the Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Coalition of Portage County, most wearing the neon green “Mental Health Awareness” t-shirts.
The Stevens Point Police Officers Organization and Local 484 Charitable Foundation (the Stevens Point firefighter’s union group) bought the group lunch from Erberts & Gerberts.
Following the meal, the 30 or so attendees took a .8 mile walk around the Downtown District to help spread the message of mental health awareness.
The bright green shirts are now available for purchase from the Stevens Point Fire Department. The t-shirts cost $10.
All proceeds from the t-shirts go to support the work of the Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Coalition of Portage County.