Florida ranks 49th in per capita mental health funding. In Palm Beach County, we can see how a lack of resources increases our homeless population, strains our law enforcement, and turns our jails into defacto mental hospitals. With one in four people experiencing a mental health disorder in a given year, we also see how mental illness affects us personally at home and at work.
Learn about our community’s efforts to serve those in need, reduce the stigma of mental illness, and how to improve your own mental wellness through a new community-wide initiative, Train the Brain.
Topics and panelists include:
County Challenges, New Solutions
Patrick J. McNamara, LCSW
President and Chief Executive Officer, Palm Healthcare Foundation, Class of 2008
Community Resources to Help Someone in Crisis
Montaneish (Monty) Smith, MSW
Mobile Crisis Specialist, Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health
Mental Wellness in the Workplace
Director, Team Member Development, The Breakers Palm Beach
Living with a Mental Illness
Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2001. Author of Birdies, Bogeys & Bipolar Disorder. Founder and Chairman of Birdies4Bipolar.org a foundation that gives home to people living with Bipolar Disorder.