The membership of the Roanoke County Democratic Committee (RoCoDems) has resolved to join in the fight to help remove the stigma from mental illness. As is the case with any group of people, our organization has members or members with loved ones, who are currently struggling or have struggled with mental illness in the past. There are those who have gotten help and those who have yet to do so. We have suffered unimaginable losses because some were either afraid or too ashamed to seek help. By joining in the 15th Annual Mental Health Walk, RoCoDems hope to help raise money to allow greater access to mental health services in our community. We want the day to come when seeking help for mental illness is as acceptable as seeking medical attention for any other disease or for a physical issue. If our participation in this event will help that day come to the Roanoke Valley just a single day sooner, we’ll have realized our goal.
Susan J. Cloeter
Chair, Roanoke County Democratic Committee
1st Vice President, Roanoke Valley Democratic Women