Sean and Willy share their stories for Mental Health Awareness Month

Good Morning CT at Nine

News 8 is teaming up with Mental Health Connecticut for Mental Health Awareness Month. The Be 1 of 110 Campaign is asking individuals and group to talk about what moves them to strengthen their minds every day. Two Connecticut men, Sean and Willy, share their stories on achieving better mental health.

Mental Health Connecticut is celebrating 110 years with a year-long fundraiser called “Be 1 of 110.” 110 individuals and groups across the state are raising $1,000 or more by sharing their answer to the question: what moves you?

Sean Smedly of Cromwell, a Mental Health Connecticut Board Member, lost his father to suicide at age 19. Sean uses CrossFit to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Willy Hyde of Middletown struggled wih addiction. He has been in recovery since 2008. What keeps Willy going is spending time with his wife and daughter, volunteering, and his 12-step group. Willy wants others to know that those dealing with addiction deserve love, and achieving better mental health could be as simple as spending time with loved ones and making it a priority. 

We want to know, what do you do to maintain good mental health? Get in on the conversation on our News 8 Facebook and Twitter pages, and be sure to use the hashtags #be1of110 and #whatmovesyou.

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