Thursday, October 3, 2013

Your attendance (is required) at the Oct. 12 forum on mental health

I cannot agree more with the message from the District government and partners planning the October 12 forum on mental health at the convention center.   Post after post on community Yahoo groups, comments to media articles, and discussions over the airwaves noted the importance of more and better mental health services, better identification of mental health challenges in individuals, and the need for improved access to mental health services and supports.

On October 12, DC residents of all ages have the opportunity to learn more about mental health systems and navigating life with an "issue" or two.   I urge you to take the time to attend and make a difference.   The event is free and young people (14-24) in particular are urged to attend.

Mental health issues have made the news recently and how we address those issues as a community are of great importance to our city. Bullying. Depression. Drug Use. Suicide. There are lots of mental health issues affecting youth in DC. Come talk about what mental health means to you, and how you can help yourself or others to get help. Join Mayor Gray’s citywide forum on Saturday, October 12th to learn the facts about mental health issues in the District of Columbia. Topics of discussion will include:
  • How to reduce the stigma associated with mental health care and increase people’s openness to it
  • How to understand the range of challenges youth face around mental health
  • How to support youth more effectively in our community when they encounter mental health challenges

This citywide town meeting – "Creating Community Solutions – DC" - will provide residents of all ages, health care providers and District agencies an opportunity to discuss these critical issues on Saturday, October 12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. A free lunch and refreshments will be provided for everyone who attends.

Hundreds of District residents are expected participate in this highly interactive meeting. Seating is limited and so register now to make sure you are not left out of this discussion. Visit to register online today.

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