When a community comes together, there is nothing we cannot overcome. Prior to the tragedy in Parkland, a group of dedicated professionals from various backgrounds got together to address the importance of providing education and awareness on the topic of mental health. Sadly, the recent school shooting at Stoneman Douglas has heightened the urgency of this endeavor. There is never a greater need to address mental health promotion in our country. Hence, the Broward County Mental Health Summit panel which includes local and national experts in the field of mental health and addiction will be launching our inaugural event on Wednesday September 12, 2018. This is an unprecedented gathering where a myriad of candid topics surrounding mental health will be brought to light in layman’s terms for the community to learn and to understand. More importantly, the goal of the Summit is to provide a forum to create proactive solutions as well as to eradicate the stigma associated with those desiring to seek help in treating mental health and substance use disorders. The event falls on the national week of Suicide Prevention and covers mental health outreach, education and treatment assistance for the following populations: Youth, Law Enforcement, the Elderly, Veterans and Attorneys.
The following are a list of caring professionals and organizations that will play a vital role on the facilitation of the upcoming Summit:
- 211 Broward
- Broward Sheriff’s Office
- Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County
- Baptist Health of South Florida
- HANDY Inc.
- Spark of Hope
- Larel Media (inWeston Magazine)
- Wells Fargo
- Broward County Bar Association Hispanic Lawyers Committee
- Florida Lawyers Assistance Program
- Jewish Federation of Broward County
- Vital Financial Group
- Broward County Department of Veteran’s Affairs
- Broward County VA Outpatient Clinic
- Women in Distress
- Hispanic Unity of Florida
- Broward County Elderly and Veterans Services Division
The Broward County Mental Health Summit will take place on September 12, 2018 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines FL. Tickets can be purchased online prior to August 28, 2018 for $25 each. No tickets will be sold at the door. The expected number of attendees range between 500-1,000 people so we highly encourage those desiring to attend this event to purchase their tickets in advance.
We hope this will be one of several events our panel will be launching in the near future to support mental health in Broward County and beyond. Our goal is to bring mental illness out from the shadows of secrecy and shame into the light of acceptance and accessibility for those seeking help.
Please help us by purchasing tickets to the event and by sharing this post! For those interested in becoming a vital sponsor, please contact Spark of Hope at (954) 590-8363 or by visting www.BrowardMentalHealthSummit.org #Parklandstrong #MSDstrong #Browardcountymentalhealthsummit