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Henry Co., IL Mental Health Alliance Hosts "One Incredible Day"

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The author of "Everett the Incredible" and the Glory Days Garage Band will help Henry County residents learn about mental health and bullying.

On Sunday afternoon in Cambridge, the county's Mental Health Alliance will host "One Incredible Day, a Mental Health Celebration."

Beth Looney is OSF's Behavioral Health Navigator in Cambridge. She says the pandemic has left many people alone to struggle with a loss of hope.

In particular, Looney says seniors and children have been isolated from their families and friends. And Sunday's gathering at College Square Park will give people a chance to have some fun safely, outdoors with social distancing.

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Author Tom Akers holds up a copy of his book, Everett the Incredible.

"One Incredible Day" will also kick off a collaboration with Tom Akers, author of "Everett the Incredible." It's a children's book about bullying. He and the mental health alliance plan to give a copy of the book to every first- through fifth-grader in Henry and Stark counties.

The music, food, and fun runs from noon until 4 pm on Sunday at Cambridge's College Square Park.

Mental health resources will be available, along with a petting zoo plus pork chops, burgers, and hot dogs from the Cambridge FFA.

The Henry and Stark County Health Department says its latest Community Health Needs Assessment shows 21.3% of people who responded reported "poor" mental health 1-7 days per month. And 8.6% reported "poor" mental health 8-30 days per month.

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This behavioral health clinic in Kewanee also provides mental health information and counseling.

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