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Hundreds rally for mental health at Mich. Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered at the state Capitol to urge Michigan lawmakers to support funding for mental programs and local community mental health facilities.

The state's 46 Community Mental Health agencies hosted the ninth annual "Walk-A-Mile in My Shoes" event Wednesday. The speakers included people who use community health services throughout the state.

May is national Mental Health Awareness Month.

The group says the goal of the event is to combat the prejudices that can be associated with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

They say one in five adults in Michigan will at some point in their life experience a mental health disorder. Many of those people don't get the treatment they need.

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Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards: http://bit.ly/11zCdE

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