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Featuring a number of Lebanese designers and models, the fashion show was organized by Lebanese NGO Embrace to raise awareness on mental illness in Lebanon.Embrace aims to break the stigma surrounding mental illness by getting people to talk about it, and ultimately, lower the suicide rate by treating the cause. Embrace also works on establishing government funding for mental illness. It succeeded in the inclusion of some mental illnesses to be covered by governmental funding, Mia Atoui, co-founder of Embrace, said in her speech at the fashion show. According to Embrace, one in four Lebanese will suffer from a mental illness sometime during their lifetime. Embrace previously initiated conversation around mental health through multiple campaigns. The 24 Lebanese male and female models donned 77 looks from the designers. They wrapped up the show by walking around the guests holding banners that called to end the silence surrounding mental illnesses.
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