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Florida Department of Health In Gadsden To Host Mental Health Matters Virtual Lunch and Learn In Observance of Mental Health Awareness Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2020

Contact:
Michelle Fedrick, Public Information Officer
Michelle.Fedrick@flhealth.gov
OFFICE: (850) 743-6083
MOBILE: (850) 518-9389

Florida Department of Health In Gadsden To Host “Mental Health Matters” Virtual Lunch and Learn In Observance of Mental Health Awareness Month On May 28, 2020

Quincy, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Gadsden County (FDOH-Gadsden) will host a “Mental Health Matters” Virtual Lunch & Learn on May 28, 2020 at 12:00PM.  This community outreach event is possible thanks to partnerships with Capital Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).  Kelli Mercer, Behavioral Health Outreach Director for CRMC, will lead the presentation which will be broadcasted live via the BOCC’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GadsdenCountyBOCC.

 With the prolonged presence of COVID-19 in our community and the resulting impact on residents of all ages, FDOH-Gadsden realizes that mental health needs are greater than they have ever been.  In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, FDOH-Gadsden is taking this opportunity to shine the light on mental illness while educating residents regarding available mental health resources

 Those tuning into the event can expect to learn more about:

  • Mental Health Awareness;
  • Warning Signs and What to Do;
  • The Ripple Effect;
  • Current Issues/Concerns/Trends (COVID-19)
  • Trauma – Feelings/Emotions and What to Do with Them;
  • Safe Spaces;
  • Coping Skills; AND
  • Community Resources

Dr. Adrian Cooksey, FDOH-Gadsden Health Officer stated, “As we continue our efforts to identify and address the healthcare needs within the Gadsden County community, we realize that collaboration is a key component to our success.  No matter what effort we undertake, we have an amazing partnership base that allows us to make a meaningful impact.  I’m very appreciative of our partnership with CRMC and the BOCC.  As a result of this virtual event, our residents will learn coping measures they can engage in to overcome the stress and trauma caused by COVID-19 and stress in general.” Dr. Cooksey went on to say, “It is equally imperative that we educate and equip our faith-based and community leaders with the tools they can use to address the needs of those they serve.  There are numerous mental health resources available for the community at large to help meet individual needs and we want to ensure that they are aware of these services."

The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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