Mental health assistance in the Piedmont

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- If you are struggling with any form of mental illness, whether it's depression, suicidal thoughts or an eating disorder, the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County says it wants to help.

Executive Director Andy Hagler says the nonprofit group's goal is "to provide services and really work to demystify the stigma that's associated with mental illness. Because it's the stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need."

Hagler says the group has been around since 1946 and helps around 3,000 people every year. It offers free group sessions on a range of topics including anxiety, social phobias and depression. Hagler says meeting others who are going through similar issues, and realizing you are not alone, is the first step to recovery.

He invites anyone interested to attend one of MHA's sessions. For more information, call 336-768-3880 or visit