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Nacogdoches advocate honors Mental Health Awareness Week

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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Mental illness is being brought to light in East Texas through a week of awareness.

A mental health awareness advocate from Nacogdoches continued her effort to reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses in the courtyard of the County Courthouse.

Dorlisa Patton held an observance for Mental Health Awareness Week Tuesday afternoon. Patton, an administrator for Nacogdoches County Court of Law had full support from colleagues within the legal system.
 

Patton used the event to encourage support for the growing number of individuals who have mental illnesses.
 

“You don't have to be afraid,” Patton said. “Seek help. See a physician, reach out to someone; a friend, or a co-worker or pastor; Anyone in the community that you feel that you can trust. You need to talk to someone because you don't have to do it alone."

Patton chose Mental Health Week's day of prayer to conduct the observance. She said her faith allows her to cope with mental illness.


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