As part of National Suicide Prevention Week, Truman VA is teaming up with area behavioral health agencies and local gyms to reduce the stigma of mental health issues through awareness and local resources. The Mental Health Awareness Committee's theme for this year is “Share the Load.”

The community-wide event will feature a weightlifting exhibition, booths that will provide behavioral health resources and information, live music and family-friendly activities. All ages are welcome and admission is free. 


The event takes place Friday, Sept. 13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Logboat Brewing Company at 504 Fay St. in Columbia. The goal of the event is to stimulate dialog about behavioral health-related issues in a social setting and provide informational resources to participants.