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New program supports food and beverage workers with mental health resources

Co-owner of Bear’s Smokehouse Cheryl Antoncic started the Linked4Life Foundation in Connecticut — and now, it’s launching in Asheville.

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Cheryl Antoncic, co-owner of Bear’s Smokehouse, founded the Linked4Life Foundation in 2020.

Photo via Linked4Life Foundation

The Linked4Life Foundation and All Souls Counseling Center are launching a new program to provide Asheville’s food and beverage workers with a peer support network for mental health resources and up to six free counseling sessions.

Supporters and potential partners can attend an info session to learn more about the program tomorrow, June 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bear’s Smokehouse South Slope location — register to attend.

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Messages of support will be attached to the HOPE Bus with carabineers.

Rendering by BCA Architecture and Design

On Thursday, July 4, celebrate the new initiative with barbecue and a mechanical bull at Bear’s Smokehouse, during the “Mental Health is No Bull” event. Plus, a food truck will be transformed into the HOPE Bus, where people can make a $6 donation to receive two carabiners — one is to keep and the other comes with a tag to write an uplifting message and attach it to the bus.

The bus, which will then be open daily from 12 to 8 p.m., will feature art from muralist Ian Wilkinson about mental health.

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