By Ryan Yousefi
State Representative Christine Hunschofsky has announced a Town Hall event to raise awareness about mental health.
The Parkland resident is holding the Mental Health Town Hall on Tuesday, September 12, at 7 p.m. in the Coconut Creek City Hall Commission Chambers at 4800 West Copans Road.
Hunschofsky and her guests plan to address the challenges mental health troubles pose and the importance of getting help for those issues, of which the first step is bringing together experts and community members to address them.
The Town Hall meeting will feature a special presentation on suicide prevention delivered by Dr. Scott Poland, a respected psychology professor at Nova Southeastern University. Poland’s expertise in this field makes him a valuable asset to the event, as he shares critical insights and strategies for preventing suicide—a topic of paramount importance during National Suicide Prevention Week.
Following Dr. Poland’s presentation, a panel will participate in a roundtable discussion about mental health issues. The panel will include experts from Eagles Haven, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Broward Chapter, and The Broward Behavioral Health Coalition.
Following the panel discussion, attendees will have a period set aside to field questions from attendees.
Hunschofsky, a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, believes that discussing the topic openly and learning about available resources is paramount in addressing the mental health crisis affecting countless individuals and families.
“Our goal for this town hall is to empower and engage the community by bringing them together with knowledgeable professionals who can educate them on the resources available,” she said.
“National Suicide Prevention Week, from September 10 – 16, is an important time to educate and raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health.”
“Nearly everyone has encountered mental health challenges, personally or through someone they know. The only way we can address this crisis is to openly talk about it, learn more about it, and identify the available resources to address it.”
For more information, including registration details and updates, follow Hunschofsky’s Facebook page.
- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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