Walk Towards Recovery in Torrington aims to dispel stigma around mental illness



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  • The annual Walk Towards Recovery, organized by Prime Time House and other local service providers, was held Wednesday in Torrington. Photo: Ben Lambert / Hearst Connecticut Media / Ben Lambert / Hearst Connecticut Media

TORRINGTON – The group came into the center of town, carrying messages of hope and support.

Community members showed off signs to the public as they walked through the downtown, ending up at City Hall.

The annual Walk Towards Recovery, organized by Prime Time House, the Western CT Mental Health Network and other service providers, was held Wednesday.

Torrington resident Beth Howe said she took part in the walk in an effort to help people understand the demands that come with mental health issues.

“I want to have people understand what we’re going through,” said Howe.

Willow Dealy of Torrington said she wanted people to take away that the community cared about mental health – in addition to service providers, the Torrington police and fire departments participated in the walk – and advocate for continued state support for mental health services.

“It’s really heartening to see people respond,” said Dealy. “It gives me hope.”

Attendees then gathered in the City Hall auditorium to share thoughts, essays, poems and songs, speaking of…