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Path to Hope to hold first mental health and wellness fair – Daily Local News

DOWNINGTOWN—A Path To Hope, a nonprofit that offers guidance and support in navigating mental healthcare resources in our area, will hold its first annual S. T. E.P.S. (Services-Therapy-Education-Providers-Support) Fair on Saturday, March 2, 2019, from noon to 4 p.m. The goal of the event is to connect residents of Chester County with mental health providers and bring greater awareness of available local services to the community at large.

The health fair will be held at the Lionville Middle School Library, located at 550 West Uwchlan Avenue, Exton.

“We are inviting local mental health practitioners, service providers, therapists, and vendors to reserve a booth at our fair at no charge,” said Holly O’Connell, founder of A Path to Hope. “Our goal is to ensure that all individuals in the Chester County area become familiar with the wide range of services and options available right here in the county. That way, if they, their family members, or their friends ever have a need, they know where to turn.”

Tables and chairs will be provided to all exhibitors, and O’Connell will be promoting the health fair via interview on NBC10 news on February 28th. While there is no fee to exhibit, donations to A Path to Hope are welcome, to enable the continuation of its programs and events.

“I envision us as matchmakers between those who offer services and those who need them,” explained O’Connell. “Nobody should feel like they’re alone in their suffering, and A Path to Hope aims to eliminate the stress and struggle of finding a professional who offers the services somebody needs, when they need them.”

To reserve a booth or inquire about the fair, please call (484) 388-6556 or email hollyoconnell@healthstationblog.comapathtohope.org.

Founded in September 2018, A Path To Hope was started after a family member of founder, Holly O’Connell, reached out for help and that proved more difficult than anticipated. O’Connell, a registered nurse, wanted to make that process easier for others as well as bring awareness to this issue and in the process lessen the stigma surrounding disturbances in mental wellness.