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Community comes together to end the stigma surrounding mental illnesses

NAMI and Mayo Clinic teamed up to host a community conversation about mental illness.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 11:19 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- On Thursday evening, community members gathered around the Rochester community garden. With corn on the grill, and fresh fruit out on the table, people took their seats. 

The conversation about mental illness started with one story and turned into several and then questions being answered by those who have experienced the effects of a mental illness firsthand. 

Laurie Juenemon is recovering from battling depression but says she knows there is always a chance she will relapse...but she also knows that she is stronger than ever before. 

She is able to talk with others who struggle with illnesses and provide a sense of hope and education.

She hopes that by being open and upfront, she can help the fight in ending the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses.

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