LAUDERHILL, Fla. – “There is Only One You,” and the importance of #mentalhealth wellness and #suicideprevention, was the message conveyed at the 4th Annual OCP2 Wellness Day for youth, families, and community providers May 11 in recognition of #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth.
The event was hosted by United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention, Broward Behavioral Health Coalition and Broward County’s One Community Partnership 2 (OCP2).
Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.
Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.
Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space. #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle
Highlights included free #mentalhealthresources, a Massage Station, arts & crafts, poetry/lyrical expression, a photo booth and more.
During the event, keynote speaker Arleen Abreu, shared the message about her 19-year-old son Ryan Abreu who took his own life in August of 2016. She discussed #suicide warning signs and offered hope for those who work to prevent #depression and #suicide, especially in young adults.
iHeartRadio’s 103.5 The Beat Radio Personality Papa Keith also was in attendance to hold a Meet and Greet with Broward County families and share a personal message about the importance of #mentalhealthwellness.
In addition, the “Wellness Champions Award Recognition” ceremony recognized young people, families and community members who make a difference through their work and advocacy for #mentalwellness.
Award winners included:
*Provider Partner of the Year: South Florida Wellness Network *Provider Partner of the Year: Gulf Coast Jewish Services *Youth Advocate: Taylor Blanco *Family Advocate: Alfonso Ruiz *Support Staff: Robert Lall *Tip Star: Timothy Andrews