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Experts offer insight at mental health awareness event

Experts offer insight at mental health awareness event

Mon Sep 23, 2019

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More than 120 people from Brazosport College and the local community recently attended an Emotional Health and Wellness Day event at the College’s Gator Hall. Pictured is the panel discussion from the event.

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Delma Garza of Brazoria County Counseling Center talks during a mental Health awareness training session at the Emotional Health and Wellness Day event recently at Brazosport College.

More than 120 people from Brazosport College and the local community recently attended an Emotional Health and Wellness Day event at the College’s Gator Hall.

The event, which focused on raising awareness and breaking the various stigmas surrounding mental health and suicide, attracted a wide range of community members, from Brazosport College students, faculty and staff members to local counselors and representatives from area hospitals, school districts and social services agencies, among others.

“In 2018, Brazoria County was ranked No. 3 in the state of Texas for the number of suicides,” said Kelli Forde Spiers, BC Office of Student Life Director. “This event was designed to bring our community together to address the negative stigma associated with mental health and to empower our community to help our students, loved ones, friends and colleagues who may be in distress.”

Activities throughout the day included a mental health prevention and awareness training with Delma Garza from the Brazoria County Counseling Center, a resource fair with educational information, connections and advice, and a panel discussion with community leaders.

Panel members included Jan Melis from NAMI Gulf Coast, Dr. Rick Ertell from the Brazoria County Counseling Center, Brenda George from S.T.O.P. Suicide, and Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office Mental Health Deputy Shane Vandergriff. Also among the speakers was a local high school student and suicide survivor.

The event was sponsored by the Brazosport College Office of Student Life, the Brazosport College Employee Development Center, the Brazoria County Counseling Center and local teen suicide prevention program, S.T.O.P. Suicide (Stop, Talk and Overcome Pain).

For more information about the recent Emotional Health and Wellness Day activities or for information about mental health awareness and suicide prevention, call the Brazosport College Department of Student Life at (979) 230-3412.