With the urgency to fight the stigma around mental health, on June 15, The Children’s Center hosted a “Mental Health and the Community” forum. This half-day event welcomed city leaders to participate in an open discussion around mental health in our city. Panelists included:
- Brenda Jones, City of Detroit Council President
- Roy McCalister Jr., Detroit City Councilman
- Willie Brooks, CEO, Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Authority
- Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvil, Detroit Board of Education Member
- Crystal Coleman, Clinical Director, The Children’s Center
- Tyanna McClain, Youth United Specialist, The Children’s Center
The event gave our families, staff, and community guests the chance to ask questions around mental health access within schools, police services, and throughout the city as a whole.
Guests shared their concern for the lack of consistency in mental health services, as well as those services that involve youth voice and choice. The group shared the opinion that all areas of city government, schools, and police must work together to support awareness and ease of access. The Children’s Center welcomes these conversations so that, with your generous support, we continue to heal more and more children, and in turn, heal Detroit.