The countdown is on to the third episode of "Your Mental Health Matters" on September 16 - Join us on ETC 3 TV!
5-Part Monthly Talk Series on ETC 3 TV
Third Thursday of each Month: August-December, 2021
Live on ETC 3 TV and the Fannin County Family Connection Facebook Page.
Creation of Mental Health Awareness Campaign
Defining Mental Health & Mental Health Issues, Treatments
Mental Health Resources Available in Community
Upcoming Mental Health First Aid Course
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Noelle Beard, Highland Rivers Health
National Recovery Month
Michael Mullet, Highland Rivers Health
"Angst" Community Watch Parties
Anna Speessen, Mental Health Awareness Campaign
National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month
Benji Parker, Highland Rivers Health
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Kimberly O'Neal, North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network
First Responders and Mental Health
Dr. Elaine Dilbeck, Georgia Mountain Health
Children and Mental Health
Andrea Gibby, Appalachian Children's Center
Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Stress and Managing Stress
Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health
Mental Health Survivor Stories
The television series is part of the “Your Mental Health Matters: It's Okay to Not be Okay” Mental Health Awareness Campaign launched in Fannin County.
Organizations involved in the campaign include:
• Blue Ridge Community Theater
• Fannin County Division of Family & Children Services
• Fannin County Public Library
• Highland Rivers Health
• North Georgia Autism Foundation
• North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network, Inc.
• The Craddock Center
• Fannin County Family Connection
Earlier this year, the Fannin County Family Connection Board of Directors developed a Strategy Team and tasked the team with evaluating the community and identifying gaps in services. Led by Board Member Anna Speessen, many community organizations involved in the Collaborative began meeting to identify community needs.
Then in April, Fannin County Family Connection hosted a Civic Dinner. This was a casual conversation and dinner gathering in which community members and organizations came together to discuss challenges facing families, gaps in community services, how to eliminate those gaps, and serve needs. Attendees worked together to identify areas of concern, which included mental health awareness and removing the stigma surrounding mental health.
The Strategy Team took this information and began to develop a plan for a mental health awareness campaign.
The campaign launched in May, the month observed annually as Mental Health Awareness month. The first event was a proclamation signing by the Fannin County Board of Commissioners declaring the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Fannin County.
"The goal of this series is to implement a community educational anti-stigma intervention and prevention campaign to change negative stereotypes around mental health," said Speessen, Mental Health Awareness Campaign Team Leader.
"Through acceptance and mindfulness activities, we hope to change community values about mental health," Speessen said.