Merrill, Wis. (WJFW)- Merrill High School held its second annual Raise Your Voice Mental Health Walk, at Merrill Area Recreation Complex on Sunday. Over 200 people showed up to take part in this event.
The walk is put on by the schools Raise Your Voice Club, a student group at merrill high school, which has the goal of raising awareness about mental health, advocating for change, and sharing resources while supporting others.
Decilyn Clark says mental health is a critical topic to talk about for not only school age kids, it’s an issue everyone should be concerned about.
“I think it is super, super important to raise awareness for mental health it is kind of a taboo subject in places like Merrill and all over the world really,” said Decilyn Clark. “An event like this and opening up the conversation about mental health is super important,” she added.
Even though it was raining Sunday, there were indoor events such as yard games, face painting, coloring station, and live music for everyone to enjoy.
“We were going to have two outside routes, but now we are going to have one outside route for the people that are troopers who want to be out in this weather,” said Laney. “Then we are also going to do an indoor one around the rank so ten laps will be one mile,” she said.
Proceeds from the walk will be given to Tyler’s Playground, a play area along the river bend Trail along with other proceeds going towards the National Alliance For Mental Illness-Northwoods Chapter.