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fighting the stigma surrounding mental illness. this year the national alliance on mental illness' theme is 'cure stigma' in an effort to get more people the help they need. that was also the goal of a gathering in rochester tonight. kimt news 3's brooke mckivergan was there and is live now to tell us more. brooke? mental health-lintro-2 katie those with nami, and the mayo clinic came out tonight to enjoy some fresh food at the garden, and have an open conversation about mental illness without worrying about being judged. xxx mental health-pkg-1 lowerthird2line:fighting the stigma surrounding mental illness rochester, mn listening to music, drums being in nature,cuddling with a pet, and surrounding yourself with people who care, are just a few things you can do to take care of your mental health. "because i'm a freaking warrior. i am a warrior. i go through this every day." and all of these warriors are sharing their stories of mental illness. lowerthird2line:laurie jueneman recovering from depression "when you're in the midst of a depression, you don't feel like there's any way out. you just feel like you're climbing the mountain all the time." mental health-pkg-5 laurie jueneman is in the recovery stages of depression. "i never consider myself cured. i know that i am in recovery and that i can have a relapse here and there, and i have a couple times and i am much more resiliant now than i was at one time so i can bounce back from those relapses." now that she has found the light at the end of the tunnel, she is able to share her story and relate with others. "i think it helps to hear from people who have experienced it or are experiencing it versus somebody who has just learned all about it in school and is coming from that angle." it's all about ending the stigma. jueneman says being upfront and honest about mental illness helps people understand.... "we need to treat mental illness like we treat any illness if we had diabetes we don't hide from it. if we had a heart attack we don't hide from it and there are people there to give us support and not walk away." mental health-lsot-4 just last month was mental health awareness for minorities month...today i learned being a minority and fighting mental illness can be even more challenging. mental health-lsot-1 lowerthird2line:miguel valdez mayo clinic community engagement and research "for minorities, the stigma sometimes is higher. the studies have shown that the stigma with diverse communities is higher than the rest of the population." you'll hear much more from miguel tomorrow morning on kimt news 3's daybreak. live in the rochester studio brooke mckivergan kimt news 3. / thank you brooke. if you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis, you can call the lifeline. that number is displayed on your screen. mental health-tag-2