Novant Health UVA Health System partners with local communities to Open Minds about mental health and addiction
Our Open Minds events were presented in collaboration with: Prince William County Community Services, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Prince William, Germanna Community College, Pepperberries and Culpeper Wellness Foundation.
Novant Health UVA Health System hosted two mental health and addiction forums in partnership with local health, civic and community organizations in May, Mental Health Awareness Month. “Open Minds: Talking together about mental health and addiction,” events seek to shed light on these community behavioral health challenges and serve as an important first step in removing the stigma associated with these diseases.
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The goal of the forums was to create meaningful dialogue around mental health and addiction, and to provide education, referral resources and a safe place to learn. In addition to offering our community members and families hope and awareness of mental health and addiction resources close to home, the forums provided access to mental health professionals and providers.
The keynote speaker for each event is Dr. Karyn O’Brien, PSYD, Clinical Psychologist. Both events offered a panel discussion featuring local behavioral health experts, including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and therapists. Individual breakout sessions on a variety of mental health and addiction topics were moderated by child and adult behavioral health providers. Mental health, substance abuse professionals and other community and civic organizations were represented at various tables where participants were able to learn more about resources and services offered in their local community.