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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A new group of Kansas City-area organizations is fighting to remove the stigma felt by many people who suffer from mental illness.

About a dozen health agencies last week announced the creation of the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition, and an expanded effort to help those with mental illnesses.

The Kansas City Star reports the campaign will include video testimonials from people with mental illness. It also will provide banners, posters and post cards with messages encouraging people to talk about their illnesses without shame.

Don Goldman, executive director of Jewish Family Services, said his organization started the campaign last September. He says advocates believe removing the stigma from mental illness will encourage people to seek assistance while also promoting understanding.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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