Local fashion show serves as platform for mental health education


WHO ARE FACING THESE CHALLENGES. GOOD EVENING, I’M NICK ARESCO. ANC: SPRINGFIELD’S MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR COMMUNITY CENTER HOSTED A FASHION SHOW DESIGNED TO IMPROVE THE NEIGHBORHOOD’S QUALITY OF LIFE. 22NEWS REPORTER SY BECKER FOUND OUT WHY ORGANIZERS CALLED IT THE “I AM BRUISED FASHION SHOW”… 4 SECONDS OF FASHION SHOW TO THE BEAT OF THE THROBBING MUSIC SY BECKER: FAMILIES FILLED THE HALL FOR THE I AM BRUISED FASHION SHOW AND STOP THE VIOLENCE DANCE. THE AUDIENCE HAD THE OPTION DURING GAPS IN THE ENTERTAINMENT TO VISIT BOOTHS DISPENSING MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION. DANAMAREE: WE FIGURED THAT EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY GO OUT TO PARTIES. THEY WANT TO HAVE FUN BUT WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH EDUCATION AND RESOURCES ABOUT IT, THEY DON’T SHOW UP FOR THESE EVENT DANAMAREE SO WE FIGURED WHY NOT KIND OF FOOL THEM INTO COMING AND HAVE A SHOW WITH FOOD AND GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS AT THE SAME TIME SY BECKER: SOME MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION MADE AVAILABLE DURING THE EVENING. THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MENTAL HEALTH PRAISED THE ORGANIZERS FOR MERGING A SERIOUS MESSAGE WITH THE EVENING’S ENTERTAINMENT… NEAL: I LIKE THE TERM I AM BRUISED. BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN BRUISED IN A LOT OF WAYS BUT THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO BESIDES TURNING TO DRUGS AND ALCOHOL. THEY CAN GET THE HELP AND KNOW THERE IS HELP OUT THERE FOR THERM.. SY BECKER: THE I AM BRUISED FASHION SHOW, A UNIQUE BLENDING OF A NIGHT OF ENTERTAINMENT WITH COMMUNITY SERVICE AND AND AWARENESS…. AT THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR COMMUNITY CENTER IN SPRINGFIELD, SY BECKER 22NEWS

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