The Evansville NAACP held an event on Saturday aimed at eliminating the stigma behind mental health.
“Our city has been through so much trauma that we wanted to come together, educate the community about mental health resources,” said Sabrina Cawthorne, director of minority health at CAPE.
The Mental Health Matters Resource Fair at the CK Newsome Community Center featured a town hall with a panel of mental health professionals answering questions from the public, as well as countless agencies and nonprofits who are available to help anyone struggling with these issues.
“There are so many different providers because there are so many different ages that you’re going through loss, grief, trauma, fear — so it’s something for everyone,” April Goebel said. , director of Aseracare Hospice.
It was the second time the fair had taken place after a successful event last May. Mental health issues in the Tristate aren’t going away, and the group wants to be at the forefront of educating people on how to handle these situations.
“We know our community has a lot of needs. And do you feel like we’re different from any other community? We don’t, we don’t feel that, but we do recognize that our community needs a lot of help. And support, and that’s why we’re here,” said Mental Health Committee member Trinisia Rooks.
Organizers say they plan to bring the event back quarterly to help people who need these services, and that if there’s someone struggling with mental health issues in your life, the simple Reminding him that you are there for him can make all the difference. .
“A person can just listen. A lot of people want to heal other people, and that’s not the answer. You have to listen and meet a family member, friend or partner where they are,” said said Lakiesha, social worker with the Vanderburgh County Health Department. Roach.