Organizations come together to host Mental Health Awareness night in Valdosta
Community organizations are coming together for a Mental Health Awareness Night.
The goal is to showcase mental, emotional, and spiritual resources that are available here in South Georgia.
This is a collaboration between greater Valdosta United Way, Leadership Lowndes, city and county government, as well as partner agencies and professionals.
These organizations and health professionals will interact with the public, share helpful information and discuss the issues they see in the community.
Whether you’re seeking help for yourself or a loved one, these organizations want to let the public know they are here for you.
”It’s the community aspect, it’s the connectivity and really to destigmatize mental health. If you do an event and make it fun and engaging to talk about.. people have less shame of bringing it up and connecting and grabbing pamphlets and flyers,” said Michael Smith, Executive Director for Greater Valdosta United Way.
“It’s okay to not be okay and want to share with the community that we can come together to see this during the pandemic,” said Karen Yawn with The Haven.
One of the organizations participating is The Haven.
During the pandemic, their need for services has increased drastically.
With people seeking help on domestic and sexual assault issues, as well as human trafficking.
They hope getting out into the community, raising awareness of their services will help tackle the issues their seeing.