‘Mass for Mental Illness Awareness’ held at Cedar Rapids parish

The Linn County branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hosted the 14th annual Mass for Mental Illness Awareness on Sunday.
Updated: Oct. 2, 2022 at 7:30 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The Linn County branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hosted the 14th-annual Mass for Mental Illness Awareness at St. Patrick’s Church in Cedar Rapids on Sunday morning.

The mass, which was open to people of all beliefs, is designed to help people with mental illnesses navigate spirituality and faith. After the mass, there was a reception where attendees could learn about different options for mental support.

Organizers say they see a great need for mental health awareness in the community, especially in the last few years.

“I want people to know that they’re not alone, and that we here in Cedar Rapids are a supportive accepting community. And we’re reaching out to each and every one of you who may have had emotional struggles and concerns. We know the pandemic has been rough, and so we’re gonna all support each other on our journey to recover,” Dr. mona McCalley-Whitters, the executive director for NAMI in Linn County, said.