NAMI Four County held its 20th annual Candlelight Vigil for Mental Health Sunday, October 6 at St. John United Church of Christ, Defiance, as a kick-off to Mental Health Awareness Week. With a theme of “Never Lose Hope,” four speakers who included a family member, a person with a mental illness, an area pastor and a mental health professional shared the importance of maintaining hope through their journey with mental illness. From left: Ron Hofacker, who has served as the vigil emcee and coordinator for nearly all 20 years; Tracy Plouck, former director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and current NAMI board member; Wendy Jennings, a family member; Rev. Ann Wasson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Defiance; and Katie Beck, past president of NAMI Four County. The program was taped and will be broadcast throughout October on WNHO TV26.
To watch a one hour, edited version of the program from our website, please click on the following link: https://youtu.be/CSh8x7PZoi0.