Canton, Conn. – June 8, 2017 – The sizzling town and river festival known as Collinsville Hot is partnering with the Town of Canton to shine a bright spotlight on mental health and wellness in the face of the ongoing opioid and heroin epidemic.
Collinsville Hot is an established festival, capable of drawing much needed public attention to major issues such as the addiction crisis. This year’s festival on July 15 will raise funds to help the town promote good mental health and support those with mental illness – which underlies addiction.
Canton’s First Selectman Leslee Hill declared 2017 to be Canton’s Year of Mental Wellness and has encouraged town agencies, health and social service providers and professionals to draw attention to the issues of mental health, mental illness, drug and alcohol misuse and addiction.
“We are determined to do our part to share information and inspire positive change around the issue of addiction,” said Kellee Abramczyk, one of the Collinsville Hot organizers. “Everyone in Canton has experienced the tragedy of addiction. We ask individuals, families, schools and organizations to dig deep and participate in the Canton Mental Health Task Force.”
A portion of the proceeds raised above and beyond the expenses of the Collinsville Hot festival will be donated to the Canton Mental Health Task Force. Individuals wishing to donate to the task force can send tax deductible donations to Canton Main Street, which puts on Collinsville Hot. Canton Main Street is a federal 501(c)3 organization.
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