Ashley Judd to make another trip to our region for mental illness awareness

Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress Ashley Judd, who most recently visited Southwest Virginia for the filming and premiere of her movie “Big Stone Gap,” will soon pay another visit to the region.

According to a Frontier Health news release, Judd will be a keynote speaker for Frontier Health Foundation’s inaugural gala “Stigma Stops Now,” which is set for Nov. 4 at the Millennium Center in Johnson City.

“Not only is she an extraordinary and celebrated actress, she is a tremendous voice for mental health awareness and ending social stigma,” Joy McCray, Frontier Health Foundation director, said.

According to the release, a live STIGMA STOPS NOW pre-gala presentation will be held at East Tennessee State University for students and the community.

The foundation helps “promote sustainability of the highest quality mental health, addiction and intellectual disabilities services for individuals in our region.”

Those interested in sponsoring the event can call the foundation at 423-467-3742.

To purchase tickets to the gala, visit


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