Local organizations partner to conduct event on mental health crisis intervention

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Marlborough – The Rotary Club of Marlborough, Employment Options and the Metrowest chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, have partnered to conduct an event on mental health crisis intervention. “Many Hands, Many Partnerships” will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6– 8 p.m. at Employment Options, 82 Brigham St., Marlborough. Networking will start at 5:30 p.m., with food and beverages served. The partnering organizations invite all members of the community to attend and join the conversation.

“Many Hands, Many Partnerships” will be a community dialogue on how to better work together to help individuals and families in a mental health crisis get the support they need. It takes a community to manage a mental health crisis. Although our police departments play a valuable role in a crisis, emergency first responders, mental health clinicians, individuals with lived experience, and family members all play equally valuable roles.

The event will include a feature presentation and panel discussion. Audience questions and participation will be encouraged. Feature presenter, Chief Craig Davis of the Ashland Police Department, will speak on “Crisis Diversion and Linkages.” The topic of the panel will be “Crisis Intervention to Crisis Management to Family Need and Support to Recovery.” Davis will join Chief Mark Leonard of the Marlborough Police Department and John Deronck of Emergency Services Advocates in the panel discussion.

The “Many Hands, Many Partnerships” event is part of a community mental health awareness campaign to draw attention to the needs of those with mental illness, change negative perceptions, and promote recovery and healthy communities. The partners’ objectives include finding innovative community-based solutions to mental health needs, with a focus on helping young people, and developing clear steps for communities to address their mental health needs in a way that complements existing local activities.

For more information on the “Many Hands, Many Partnerships” event, visit www.marlboroughrotary.org. To register in advance, call 508-251-9595 or email [email protected]