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City of Lake Oswego employees participated in county-wide sign rally effort promoting Mental Health Awareness month

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Clackamas County Health Promotion Coordinator Nina Danielson stands on the traffic island at State Street and A Avenue with her sign promoting May as Mental Health Awareness month.

Employees of the City of Lake Oswego — including representatives from the police, fire department and the Adult Community Center — took the intersection of State Street and A Avenue yesterday evening to participate in the "Signs of Hope" rally coordinated by Clackamas County's Health, Housing and Human Services (H3S) division to promote Mental Health Awareness month which runs throughout May.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - LOACC employee Trace Rew participates in the Signs of Hope rally Thursday evening.

Clackamas County Health Promotion Coordinator Nina Danielson was joined by LOPD Sergeant James Peterson, Adult Resource Officer Dawn Pecoraro, LOFD Assistant Fire Chief David Morris, Battalion Chief Jim Doane, LOACC employee Trace Rew, Elise Thompson and several others who all held signs bearing messages of hope, resilience and perseverance to let people know their worth in striving to seek help for themselves or anyone they know dealing with mental illness and depression.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - LOFD Asst. Fire Chief David Morris (right) and LOPD Sgt. James Peterson hold their signs high as motorists honk and give thumbs-up in appreciation for their message.

The campaign is part of a larger effort both here in Lake Oswego and in Clackamas County to remove the stigma from talking about mental health and asking for help.

Clackamas County's H3S division is coordinating a team for the National Alliance on Mental Illness 5K walk taking place at Portland's Eastbank Esplanade (near SE Water Avenue and Main Street) 12 p.m. Sunday, May 19. For more information on NAMI Walk 2019 visit www.namiwalks.org or contact Michelle Madison by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Elise Thompson exchanges smiles and waves as motorists pass by.


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