The Cumberland/Perry Community Support Program has planned a series of community events to increase public awareness of mental health during Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

The month will begin with an Awareness Walk at 10 a.m. Thursday beginning at Letort Park in Carlisle, according to information provided by CSP. Speakers will share their stories about mental illness during the walk.

Registration is still open for the Dauphin/Cumberland/Perry CSP Recovery Conference 2014, which will be held May 12 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg just off of Route 11 in Camp Hill.

CSP will be hosting a Mental Health Awareness Night during a Harrisburg Senators game May 24 at 6 p.m. at the Senators’ home stadium on City Island.

The month will conclude with a community concert, picnic, and resource fair at 10 a.m. May 31 at the East Day Use area of Little Buffalo State Park.

To kick off the series of events, members of the CSP — which consists of individuals with mental illness, their family members, service providers and other community members — presented the Cumberland County Library System with a donation of several books and multimedia resources during a Monday afternoon County Commissioners meeting.

The events are designed to raise awareness of and help the community learn more about mental illness, CSP representatives said.

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