Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Upcoming Vigil a Prayer for Mentally Ill

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Upcoming Vigil a Prayer for Mentally Ill

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Jacksonville resident Beverly Dyal recalls times when she cried

out "Why me?" to God as she collapsed, exhausted and bitter,

after struggles with her mother's symptoms of schizophrenia.

That was before the Southside woman met a group of friends at

the Jacksonville Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Now she is asking

churches in the area to join Sun-day in a candlelight vigil and

prayer for the mentally ill and their families.

More than 100 Jacksonville churches are expected to

participate, said Jean Silsby, secretary of the alliance.

The candlelight vigil is intended to help raise awareness of

the problems of mental illness. "The churches can educate their

congregations that mentally ill people are biologically ill and,

with proper care and medicine, they can be helped to live a much

better, fuller life," Dyal said.

Dyal said her mother died at age 92 three years ago, but Dyal

still helps with the Alliance for the Mentally Ill. …

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