By Robert Medley
Senior Staff Writer
A local nonprofit group raising awareness for mental health needs recently recognized a global day.
Kyle Woodall is the founder of Kommunity Kindness, a Yukon nonprofit that helps people who are suffering from mental illness.
Woodall and a small gathering of advocates celebrated “World Mental Health Awareness Day” on Oct. 10 by meeting at Yukon’s Vacca Coffeehouse, 10 W Main.
The event featured a brief message from Capt. Robert Millar, a crisis intervention team (C.I.T.) officer at the Yukon Police Department; followed by prayer and a candlelight vigil.
Woodall’s nonprofit provides a support group and collaboration of resources in Canadian County.
“The thing with mental illness awareness is people are all for it at first, but they tend to shy away from it,” Woodall said. “Trying to break the stigmas of mental illness is one thing we would like to do.”
Woodall believes mental health awareness is important because resources for mental health needs are often lacking locally.
A Kommunity Kindness support group is 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 675 W Vandament Ave.
Woodall runs the Woodall Farms where he has pet pigs as well.
He said those who want to get in touch with him can call or email email@example.com.