Spark of Hope joins Community Partners to create a historic summit on mental health in South Florida

Spark of Hope joins Community Partners to create a historic summit on mental health in South Florida

The mental health crisis has reached epic proportions in this country.  There is no population immune from the disease of mental illness.  From first responders to veterans, from the young to the elderly, Americans are suffering from mental health related illnesses like never before. Sadly, little has been done to effectively address the state of mental health crisis in America.  Finally, a group of caring and passionate professionals, known as Community Partners, are banding together in South Florida to do something about it.  Led by the leaders at the Sheriffs Foundation of Broward County, the Broward County Mental Health Summit Committee was formed to create awareness and to eradicate stigma associated with those suffering from mental illnesses.  Organizations and professionals from all walks of life, serving the non-profit and for-profit sectors, have come together to create this historic panel.  The following are a list of some of the organizations forming this distinguished panel:

  • Baptist Health of South Florida
  • Barry University
  • Broward 2-1-1
  • Broward Sheriff’s Foundation
  • Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  • Florida Power and Light (FPL)
  • Henderson Behavioral Health
  • Hispanic Unity of Florida
  • inWeston Magazine
  • Jewish Federation of Broward County
  • Memorial Healthcare System
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Naemi
  • Spark of Hope
  • United Way of Broward County
  • VDA Trial Lawyers
  • Vital Financial Group
  • Women in Distress of Broward County
  • Wellsfargo

Spark of Hope is proud to be an active Community Partner for such a worthwhile cause.  “The purpose of our existence as human beings is to serve and help others”, said David Lam, Executive Director of Spark of Hope.  “We are honored to be a part of such an auspicious undertaking and will provide whatever resources necessary to serve our community and those in need.”

Captain Juan “JC” Arias, Executive Director of Sheriffs Foundation of Broward County and Chairman of The Broward Mental Health Summit is excited about the growing list of volunteering organizations and professionals joining the Summit’s Committee in the recent weeks.  “We’d started with just a few volunteers in the beginning and it has quickly expanded to 32 current Community Partners.  Through our collective efforts, we will be reaching tens of thousands of citizens in the next several weeks.”

The Broward County Mental Health Summit Committee’s inaugural event is entitled “Broward Mental Health Summit” and will take place on Wednesday September 12, 2018 at the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines.  An esteemed panel of mental health experts and guest lecturers will be on hand to speak about the current state of mental health as it relates to the following populations: Veterans, Law Enforcement, the Elderly, Youths, and Attorneys. The expected turn-out for this unprecedented event is between 800-1000 attendees.  The Summit organizers hope to use the event as a platform to galvanize support and funding for future events and projects.

For more information or to register to purchase tickets for the Broward Mental Health Summit, please visit:

If you would like to donate or become a sponsor for this great cause, please contact us at:  All proceeds will benefit the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County.







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