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Demonstrators at Statehouse: "Shred" Mental Illness Stigma

COLUMBUS (Dana Jay) -- Tragedies that attract national interest often also draw attention to the issue of mental illness, but advocates at a rally Wednesday at the Ohio Statehouse said such issues need to be part of everyday conversation. 

The topic was top-of-mind after a the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, when a teenager opened fire at an elementary school, and after a young man shot up a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado the previous summer. 

The goal of Wednesday's rally was to “shred the stigma” that comes with mental illness, so that young and old can get the help they need.

A crowd ripped about apart posters that said “stigma” and “words hurt, shred them.”

Danielle Jinks of Columbus spoke at the rally. The young woman said she continues to work hard to keep her life on track, but she wishes she’d had help with her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder sooner.

“It would have made a huge difference," Jinks said. "I think I would have had a better future. I guess I wouldn't be in some of the situations I'm in now."
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