In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, and with so many people in our community dealing with mental health concerns both prior to, and now due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention hosted this virtual event to help provide the public with information about the fundamentals of mental health and illness. During the event, presenters provided the community with the many resources that are available. Presenters included experts in the field of mental health from various Broward County-based organizations including United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention, 211 Broward, Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention (FISP), The Journey Institute, and others. The topics discussed included:
United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health and Drug Prevention (UWBCCBH) is a broad-based substance misuse prevention and mental health promotion coalition dedicated to reducing negative consequences on individuals, families, and communities. Today, its primary role is to serve as a coalition-building organization that brokers partnerships between federal, state and local agencies to foster, develop, and enhance integrated behavioral health efforts throughout Broward County, while searching for innovative and effective ways to address the issue of substance misuse. Broward Behavioral Health Coalition (BBHC), the Managing Entity for the Southeast Region, is committed to the development of a recovery focused, integrated and comprehensive behavioral health system of care for providing treatment and support services to individuals and their families in Broward County, Florida.