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Continuing the Conversation

Mental health discussion continues

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 4:55 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 5, 2014 6:27 p.m. CDT

GRANVILLE — The Bureau-Putnam Health Department will be hosting "Continuing the Conversation," a moderated discussion on local mental health issues at noon on May 12 at the Granville United Church of Christ, 103 N. Church St. The meeting will be less than 60 minutes long and is open to the public. Anyone interested in the delivery of mental health services in Bureau and Putnam Counties is invited to attend.

During the past year, the Bureau-Putnam Health Department — in collaboration with several community partners including both Perry Memorial Hospital and St. Margaret’s hospital — conducted surveys into community health needs in order to attempt to identify and begin to address the most pressing issues facing the health of local communities. Mental Health service issues were identified as prioritized needs based on community input and health care data.

While looking for ways to further explore these issues in the area, the health department identified a program from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) called “The National Conversation on Mental Health.” as a possible resource for ideas on how best to coordinate existing local mental health services and whether or where the need for additional services may be indicated.

In December 2013, the health department hosted a participatory webinar for the National Conversation at the Princeton Public Library. Health department staff members were joined at the session by representatives of local mental health service providers, law enforcement, county officials and others. This discussion is a follow-up to that webinar.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.

For additional information call Dawn Conerton at the Bureau/Putnam County Health Department at 815-872-5091, ext. 224.

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