Dealing with a mental health issue can be a challenge. In an effort to bring education, as well as hope, to the community, the Henry County Mental Health Alliance is pleased to announce the first in a series of community education programs on mental health.

Dealing with a mental health issue can be a challenge. In an effort to bring education, as well as hope, to the community, the Henry County Mental Health Alliance is pleased to announce the first in a series of community education programs on mental health.

The three-part series will begin Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Black Hawk East Community Education Center in Kewanee with Finding the Light at the End of the Tunnel.

The program will feature a panel discussion with participants who are dealing with mental illness or who have a family member with a mental illness.

Discussion will cover such areas as dealing with the diagnosis, challenges in the mental health journey, and effective support systems. Members of the panel will share stories of recovery and provide approaches on dealing with someone with a mental illness.

“Just because someone has a mental illness does not mean that he or she cannot lead a productive and fulfilling life,” states Rebecca Magalhaes, panelist and Alliance volunteer. “This program will demonstrate how a number of people have found the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Future programs will include Could it Be a Mental Health Issue? What to Do? What to Say? on January 10, 2017, and When Mental Illness Lands Your Child in Jail on March 14, 2017.

All programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 309-852-7255.

In addition to the Henry County Mental Health Alliance, the programs are co-sponsored by: Black Hawk East College; Bridgeway, Inc.; Henry and Stark County Health Departments; and OSF St. Luke Medical Center.