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Walk to Change Minds slated Tuesday in Eagle

EAGLE — There's nothing like a parade down Main Street to prove a point.

That's the reasoning behind the Walk to Change Minds — a parade along Broadway in Eagle planned at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The motivation behind the effort is present in its name — marchers want to change minds about mental health issues in our community.

"I do a support group for families who deal with mental illness and these people don't feel like there is support for them in the community," said event organizer Agnes Harakal. "I am part of the Total Health Alliance, and I know there is support out there. I wanted these people to visually see that support. People really do care about this."

The march will include law enforcement and emergency services personnel, along with local school students and town and county officials. Anyone who wants to march is welcome to join. Parade participants will gather at the St. Mary's Church parking lot at 10 a.m. for the march to the Eagle County Building. Once there, the Eagle County commissioners will read an official proclamation in support of local mental health efforts.

Harakal hopes this year's parade is just the first of many.

"I am a New Yorker, and we love our parades," she said. " I hope every year this gets bigger and better. Our theme is we are all in this together and we want people to know they are not alone. This parade is our way of giving people who are dealing with mental illness issues a great big hug."

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May is national Mental Health Month and Total Health Alliance, the Eagle County Board of Commissions, the town of Eagle and the Eagle County Sheriff's Office support this event.