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      Transitions celebrates May Day

      Transitions says it's important to raise awareness of mental health disorders and to let the community know that there is help right here at home.

      May 1st is May Day, and Transitions of Western Illinois uses it to remind you that May is also Mental Health Month.

      Transitions says it's important to raise awareness of mental health disorders and to let the community know that there is help right here at home.

      Transitions celebrated May Day by having some of the staff's children walk around the Maypole.

      Barbara Baker Chapin is the Director of Development at Transitions.

      She says mental health is often associated with a stigma, but it's really as important as your physical health.

      "Particularly with depression. Often times we'll say just suck it up and you can do it. Things will be better. They expect the person to be able to pull themselves up by the boot straps. Unfortunately, if somebody has severe depression, it's an illness," she said.

      An illness that can be treated.

      There was also a balloon release Thursday morning to symbolize movement and change.

      Barbara Baker Chapin says mental health treatment should help people grow and change and move in a more positive way.