Help Expo: Navigating Behavioral Health and Suicide
be held Nov. 12 at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center, 9055 Airport Road
The expo is free and open to the public. It is presented
by the Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention, BHSP, Task Force of Montgomery
County in collaboration with the Texas A&M AgriLife
Extension Service. Financial support for the event is being
provided through a grant from the Rebuild
“Good community health includes good mental health,”
said Judge Wayne Mack, Justice of the Peace – Precinct 1, Montgomery County,
who was instrumental in coordinating the conference. “This expo will give
residents of Montgomery County the opportunity to see the information and
resources we have to help address the mental health challenges they or someone
they know may be facing.”
Expo agenda and objective
Doors for the event open at 1 p.m. and presentations
will be from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Attendance can be either in person or virtual.
Participants should register
in advance at www.communityhelp.org
Breakout sessions in chronological order will be:
Health in the World of COVID-19.
Informed Care/Trust-Based Relational Intervention for Parents.
to Have Tough Conversations with Your Teen About Depression and Suicide.
At 5:30 p.m., there will be a panel discussion on
behavioral health and suicide prevention along with a BHSP update and call for
At 6:30 p.m., there will be a presentation by keynote
speaker Kevin Hines, who will speak
about his own struggles with mental illness and his experience in surviving an
attempt at taking his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge.
There also will be an art exhibit and resource fair in the expo center foyer during the
“The Community Help Expo is designed to bring
awareness to mental health issues while also connecting the citizens of
Montgomery County to their local mental health resources,” said Meredith Carter,
AgriLife Extension program specialist for the 4-H youth development unit and
one of the leaders for the Rebuild Texas Mental Health First Aid grant.
“Our hope is to help people understand if they are
struggling with mental health or know someone who is, they know recovery can be
possible. There are lots of mental health resources available, and we want
to highlight what they are.”
Carter noted that in addition to allowing the BHSP
Task Force and AgriLife Extension to host this event, the grant from the
Rebuild Texas Fund will also fund the presentation of Mental Health First Aid
classes in all 41 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. Mental Health
First Aid is a skills-based training course in which participants learn about
mental health and substance-use issues.