Letter: Community volunteers can help with mental health services | letters

Help with psychiatric services

Thank you, Free Lance star. Cathy Dyson’s ‘Lecture Focuses on Local Mental Health Needs’ [Aug. 24] charged my spirit.

I have never regretted being a daily subscriber. My spirit and passion for serving our community was awakened when I read the article where local professionals shared our mental health needs.

I gained a better understanding of our need to retain and retain the talented professionals necessary to meet the growing need for mental health services.

I urge my neighbors and concerned citizens to join those of us who are passionate about volunteering and/or are trained in preventive first aid for mental health or are pursuing training as peer recovery specialists. We can help fill the gaps in our mental health service delivery system by providing our licensed agency professionals with the support they desperately need.

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I thought about it for several days demise detailed at the Behavioral Health Workforce Development Summit, but I was comforted. Learning paths are suggested to address the career/professional staff challenges we face as a community. However, licensed professionals for our youth remain a major challenge.

I was relieved that a few years ago I decided to join my husband and attend a certified Mental First Aid training course for people who work with adults, hosted by the Rappahannock Area Community Service Board. Two dynamic ladies, Michelle Wagaman and Sherry Norton-Williams, were trainers at the sessions we attended.

I encourage anyone who is concerned and willing to offer support to our friends, neighbors and family members to learn best practice approaches that support those who are experiencing a mental health challenge.

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