Health department offers mental health discussion

PRINCETON — The Bureau and Putnam County Health Department will host a moderated discussion on local mental health issues at noon April 22 at the Princeton Public Library. Anyone interested in discussing ways to help meet mental health needs in Bureau and Putnam counties is invited to attend.

In 2012, the Bureau and Putnam Health Department, in collaborations with several community partners, conducted a community health needs assessment in order to attempt to identify and begin to address the most pressing issues facing the health of our communities.

In December 2013, the health department hosted a webinar from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) called “The National Conversation on Mental Health.” Health department staff members were joined at the session by representatives of local mental health service providers, law enforcement, county officials and others. At the conclusion of the discussion the local attendees concluded that further discussion leading to solutions for local mental health service needs.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks and snacks may also be purchased at the Library Café. For more information, call the health department at 815-872-5091.