We walk the talk when it comes to giving people in our community the space and the resources to support their mental health, especially as we start to emerge from such a hard season of life (you know, the one where we dealt with a pandemic, social unrest, uncertainty over our health, and so much more).
In recognition of May as Mental Health and Trauma-Informed Care Month, we’re sharing local resources and opportunities to learn more about mental health in Palm Beach County. We would love for you to join us at one of these events, but more importantly, we hope you will use some of these tools to care for your mental health this month. Remember – you are not alone, and help is one phone call away.
Get Your Green On Initiative
Each May, United Way partners with other local nonprofits and organizations in the Get Your Green On initiative hosted by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Palm Beach County. They are hosting events throughout the month of May to ensure everyone has access to receiving the mental health care and information they need to thrive. Check out all the mental health events happening throughout the month.
One of the ways United Way supports mental health year-round is through funding programs in the community that connect people to mental health services. Our partners at 211 are on the front lines of helping people through difficult moments and referring them to other organizations who can provide ongoing care for mental health.
The 211 Helpline might be one of our community’s most important resources. 211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages. Calls to 211 HelpLine are Free, Confidential, and available 24/7! United Way of Palm Beach County funds the 211 Helpline to connect our community to critical resources.
Over the past year, 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast has received nearly 45,000 calls for help with mental health and addictions, accounting for 27.1% of all calls.
If you or a loved one is in need of resources or help, call 2-1-1 to speak with a highly trained resource specialist. 211 offers many ways to communicate:
- Simply dial 2-1-1 on your phone, or dial 561-383-1112 or 866-882-2991.
- Text your zip code to 898211 (available 24/7)
- Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
211 also manages the Suicide Hotline. Click here for Online Suicide Chat (available 10am -8pm every day).
In addition to funding critical organizations and programs like 211, we also love bringing our partners together for events that educate our community on critical topics & inspire people to get involved. Here are two upcoming events where you can engage with United Way’s work and get firsthand insights into local mental health resources.
Heart of the Matter: Mental Health During the Pandemic and Beyond
Join United Way for an important, virtual discussion on mental health & trauma-informed care during the pandemic and beyond. Local nonprofit and community leaders will be having a virtual conversation about the mental health landscape in PBC and the impact of the pandemic and recent social and racial unrest on our community’s well-being. Panelists will discuss various types of trauma, how to foster resiliency skills, and local behavioral health initiatives and resources for adults, youth, families, veterans, and businesses.
Virtual Self-Care Workshop with Dr. Vassilia Binensztok, LMHC, NCC
May 27 | 12-1pm
Repeat after me: Self care is not selfish. After you let that truth sink in, you also might be wondering how to actually go about introducing small self-care habits throughout the day. Self-care looks different for everyone & it doesn’t always look like treating yourself to a well-deserved spa day (but we sure do love when it does!).
Work-life balance can be challenging, and it is so important to incorporate self-care into our everyday routines. Mark your calendars for this fantastic opportunity to learn more about self-care and how you can implement it into your daily activities.