MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – The subject of mental health may be taboo, but local community organizations are working together to help break that stigma by hosting an open discussion about mental health in Mobile.
The goal is to hear from mobile citizens, of all ages, about what city leaders can do to address mental health disparities in the region.
This is a collaborative effort between Mobile United’s Leadership Mobile Health and Human Resources group and many other local organizations.
The first chat took place last night, the second session of the community chat will be held Friday morning from 9am to noon at the Junior League of Mobile.
Everyone is invited to join the conversation and share their ideas on how Mobilians can get the resources they need to help overcome mental health issues.
Jeremy Fletcher, a member of the team that helped create this safe space where Mobilians can talk openly about mental health, believes it’s essential that the community is involved so they can do whatever is necessary to bring a change.
According to a 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment, the top health services that community members find difficult to obtain in Mobile or Baldwin counties are mental health services.
“It’s a need that we continue to see in all of the organizations that represent this particular effort,” said Fletcher, director of community integration for Veterans Recovery Resources and a member of Leadership Mobile. “As a mobile leadership team, we decided we wanted to do something about this and what we wanted to do was hear the voices and people most affected by these particular issues.”
There will be a host to lead the conversation and Fletcher says they will also have recordings during the session.
“People have the option to leave the meeting if something triggers them and we have trained professionals who will be available to help people resolve these issues on the spot,” Fletcher said.
While this is their first community conversation around this topic, Leadership Mobile’s hope is that it will spark more discussions in the future.
If you want to join the conversation about mental health in Mobile, you can RSVP via their Facebook page.