Together for Mental Health-Suicide Prevention Month
By Office of Communication
Posted on August 22, 2022, August 22, 2022

Suicide Prevention Month yellow ribbon

After the last two years of pandemic living, increasing inflation and the tragic events we have experienced as a global community, for many people stress, and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being. And it is not just that, suicide is skyrocketing. Why all the despair? And how can we replace it with hope?

Councilwoman Nikkie Hunter and Positive Actions International are bringing together leaders from different areas of our community, including Arlington Mayor, Jim Ross, to help increase awareness about the importance of mental health through a Together for Mental Health panel discussion on September 7, 2022 at Bob Duncan Center, from 5:30 pm to 7:pm.

It has been said that the potential of a community lies in the health and well-being of its members. Positive Actions International, who has served as the leading agency for the mental health campaign in Arlington over the last six years, is committed to bring awareness and understanding of mental health issues in our community.  Their goal with this event is to highlight what individuals can do to prioritize their mental health, and the positive actions they can take to protect their overall well-being. “Our society focuses much more on physical health than mental health, but both are equally important.” says Esther Scott, licensed professional mental health provider and director for Positive Actions International.

The Together for Mental Health panel discussion serves to remind us that while 1 in 5 people will experience a mental condition during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. Some challenges we face daily can include work stress, paying bills, and health concerns or safety concerns for our loved ones. Mental health challenges are real, but recovery and restoration are possible. It is easy to be overwhelmed. The good news is there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency, tools that will be shared during the Together for Mental Health event on September 7 at 5:30 pm.

We applaud leaders across the community, including City Mayor, Jim Ross, Concilwoman Nikkie Hunter, Judge Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt, Dr. James Lugo, Commissioner Andy Nguyen, Dr. Kenyon Godwin, Dr. Von Peaks and Esther Scott for joining efforts to highlight the importance of mental health during Suicide Prevention Month in September.

This mental health panel discussion is made possible due in part to sponsorship provided by the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce Latino Business Group, Texas Trust Credit Union, Total Care Emergency Room and La Grande Radio 107.5 FM.

Don’t miss this event. For more information or additional resources, visit or send an email to [email protected] or [email protected]
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