Want to Dance in a Flash Mob?

September 30, 2014 at 10:56 am

Want to dance in a flash mob? Well, here’s your chance.

In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week — October 6-11 — Mental Health America of Spartanburg County and Ballet Spartanburg will sponsor a flash mob dance Friday, Oct. 10, at 5:45 p.m. on Morgan Square. The public is invited to participate.

There are 54,386 individuals in Spartanburg County suffering from mental illness. A needs assessment determined that only 15.9 percent of these individuals was being served by the mental health community. Some of the reasons may be the stigma attached to mental illness, lack of education about the issues, and not knowing what services are available.

Mental Health America’s mission is to “promote positive mental health through advocacy, education and service.” MHA’s goal is to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness and act as the educational and referral service.

To be part of this awareness celebration, you are encouraged to dance in downtown Spartanburg at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10. A surprise guest will be at the flash mob in a “happy” awareness encounter.

Rehearsals for the flash mob will be Wednesdays, Oct 1 and 8 at 7 p.m. in Ballet Spartanburg at Chapman Cultural Center. For more information on the dance, call Susan Woodham at (864) 921-2507.

For more information on mental health, contact Holland at nholland@mha-sc.org.