TERRE HAUTE -- Terre Haute leaders and the community will gather Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 3:30 p.m., at Fairbanks Park to rally in support of The Walk to Washington.
The walk is an 835-mile trek led by Steve Curran, who hopes to raise awareness about depression and to persuade lawmakers to consider new policies and support for treating the disease.
"Sadly, many people who suffer from depression do not seek treatment," Curran said. "This can be a death sentence. Fifteen percent of people with depression commit suicide. We want to encourage lawmakers to support better treatment options and policies that could help people who are suffering in silence. We are piercing that silence with this walk to be heard."
The rally will feature speakers and information about depression. It is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Hamilton Center, Inc., and Mental Health America of Vigo County.
"The National Institute for Mental Health says that 18.8 million people in this country suffer from depression and our community is not immune to this disease," Hamilton Center, Inc., CEO Galen Goode said.
"I encourage everyone to learn more about depression and how you or your family member can recover. Statistics show that when treated, most patients experience some relief from the disease. But the stigma of having a mental illness keeps many from seeking help," Curran added. "We are going to speak up for these people and for everyone who suffers from this disease. I encourage everyone to visit www.walktowashington.org and sign our petition and join us on our journey."
The Walk to Washington departs St. Louis Saturday, Aug. 14, and concludes on National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, Oct. 7, with a culmination rally in Washington, D.C.
For more information, visit www.walktowashington.org.