As many of us know personally, mental health and addiction are all around us. Friends, family and coworkers may be silently battling these problems alone because of the stigma surrounding a mental health or addiction diagnosis.
Renown Health is co-sponsoring an event hosted by Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve that hopes to change that. The Mayor of Reno’s Conversation on Mental Health and Addiction will bring Nevada residents together with a panel of local behavioral health experts, as well as a panel of business and community leaders, for a two-day summit with a goal of changing the tide when it comes to mental health and addiction in our region.
The public event during the takes place on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. at Washoe County Commission Chambers, 1001 E. Ninth Street, Building A, Reno. This event will feature an open and honest conversation about our residents’ needs and the resources available in the Truckee Meadows.
In formal presentations and a panel discussion, behavioral care providers will walk through frequently asked questions such as when to seek help for yourself or a loved one as well as the resources available in Reno-Sparks. Among the panelists and key speakers is Kristen Davis-Coelho, PhD, Administrator for the Behavioral Health and Addiction Institute at Renown. She will give a presentation called “Mental Illness and Addiction: What They Are and Why They Matter.”
On the second day of the event, which is Friday, Oct. 20, local businesses and community leaders will attend to learn how they can connect their employees and constituents with community resources in the future.
Mental health and addiction are two struggles well known in the Silver State. According to Mental Health America’s most recent State of Mental Health report released in late 2016, Nevada ranked last in the nation. The reason? There are 67.5 percent of adults and 71.6 percent of youth with mental illness did not receive treatment. There is also a shortage of care providers, with one mental health worker per 570 Nevadans.