Community leaders meet for mental health forum |

Community leaders meet for mental health forum

Isaac Brambila
Community leaders and Barton Foundation staff brainstorm solutions for mental health issues during a forum Thursday at South Tahoe High School.
Isaac Brambila/Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Barton Memorial Hospital’s Community Advisory Committee along with many community leaders gathered at South Tahoe High School Thursday for a mental health forum.

The committee entered the forum with the objective to reach at least one key action, but was able to formulate several and even received commitments from some participants and organizations, Development Specialist with the Barton Foundation Sara Conrad said.

The numerous actions focused on identifying, coordinating and promoting resources and information, expanding reach, creating awareness and creating more resources and help centers.

The goal is to achieve those actions within six months, Barton Foundation Executive Director Kindle Craig said.

Thursday’s forum, which was attended by law enforcement, emergency service providers, city and county leaders and heads of several other organizations, marked the second event of the sort for the committee. The first was held two years ago and focused mostly on raising awareness. This year, the committee focused on finding solutions, Craig said.

The forum was successful in assisting organizational leaders from moving away from only looking at mental health issues that affect their organizations and work with others.

“We really moved away from I to we,” Craig said. “Everybody left their own hat at the door.”

The focus of the forum was to address several issues relating to mental health, including access, awareness and resources.

The forum, which lasted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., included a two-hour period when the group expressed their concerns and brainstormed ideas.

The nearly 70 participants gathered in five separate groups that were led by one speaker, each focusing on one age group. The participants rotated around the room through the different groups and had the opportunity to discuss every age group.

After the brainstorm session, the separate groups combined into a single collaborative effort and offered their solutions.

The forum also included a county view state of health presentation childhood trauma and adult health video showing.

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