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Monarch has launched an Anti Stigma Campaign to fight the stigma associated with Mental Illness. With financial assistance through grants from the United Way of Stanly County, The Stanly County Partners in Health, and The Speedway Children’s Charities, Monarch is releasing brochures in the Stanly News and Press for their August mass delivery and sending a brochure home with every student in the Stanly County School System. “Our staff are doing public speaking engagements around the county to help people to better understand the realities of mental illness, and how we can save lives by changing behavior” says Daniel Brown, Director of Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services with Monarch.

“By speaking to groups around the community we may be able to save lives that we never knew were in trouble because one person was too afraid to tell someone else. We can also help by making ourselves available to talk to teachers about specific children in their classrooms whose behavior has changed recently or who are having behavioral problems” says Brown.

“We are so thankful to the United Way, The Stanly County Partners in Health, The Speedway Children’s Charities, and the Stanly News and Press for the opportunity to reach so many people. We hope this will encourage our community to seek help or reach out to others who may need assistance” says Dr. Peggy Terhune, CEO, Monarch.

Look for Monarch’s Reality Check flyer in the Tuesday, August 4th edition of the Stanly News and Press and learn more about mental illness. If you would like for someone to speak to your school, business, church or organization, contact Monarch at 704.986.1500.

Monarch is a nonprofit organization providing support and resources to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse issues from 52 counties across North Carolina. They are a charter member of the national organization known as The Arc. For more information about how Monarch helps “dreams take flight”, please call 1-800-230-7525 or online at