In November of 2021, residents were asked to participate in a mental health awareness survey conducted through the City website. Feedback received from this survey conveyed an overwhelming response that mental health is very important to our residents. Some of the topics of interest from those who completed the survey include:
- Youth Depression and Anxiety
- Supporting Loved Ones
- Suicide Prevention
- Where and how to get help
- Substance abuse/addiction
- Alternative treatment
- How First Responders handle mental health incidents
- Cognitive/Brain Health
- Executive Function Disorder
Based on this information, the City has planned community sessions to bring awareness to mental health issues and to destigmatize having conversations about them.
The first community session will be held on Thursday, May 12 at Terwilliger Lodge at 7:00 p.m. It will feature Julia Saldanha, Director of Programs of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Southwest Ohio. This first session will bring awareness of mental illness by identifying signs and symptoms of an illness. Hear a personal story and message of hope from a NAMI participant and receive resources for support and treatment.
Save the date for future presentations:
August 11 – Dr. Tracy Cummings will lead a discussion on Suicide Prevention
October 27 – Dr. Megan Schrantz will lead a discussion on Anxiety/Depression