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Let’s Talk Podcast: Mental Health Awareness with Bridgeway

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    Let's Talk Podcast: Mental Health Awareness with Bridgeway Shuylar Black & Bobby Dewrell

Welcome to the Let’s Talk podcast, where we keep Northwest Floridians connected with local leaders. In this edition of Let’s Talk, we sit down with Stephanie Gagliano from Bridgeway to discuss mental health awareness and the upcoming events in May.

Mental Health Awareness Walk

  • The Mental Health Awareness Walk is happening on May 3rd at 8:30 a.m. starting at the hospital drive location in Fort Walton Beach.
  • The walk is a great event for clients and the community to come together to talk about mental health and raise awareness about its impact on the community.

Bridgeway’s Approach to Mental Health

  • Bridgeway addresses the epidemic of mental health and substance abuse in the community.
  • They offer various services such as a detox unit, medication assistant treatments, and a wellness center to combat these issues.
  • The focus is on community outreach to help clients overcome barriers such as homelessness, transportation, and trauma.

Impact of the Pandemic

  • The pandemic had a significant impact on mental health, with many individuals not receiving the necessary medical treatment and therapy.
  • The resulting issues have compounded, leading to an increased need for mental health services and support.

Mental Health Awareness Fair

  • The Mental Health Awareness Fair will take place on May 4th at the Fort Walton Beach High School gymnasium.
  • The fair will feature speakers addressing mental health and mental health professionals sharing information about their services.
  • This event aims to break the stigma surrounding mental health and provide a safe space for individuals to talk about their needs.

Seeking Help for Mental Health

  • Stephanie emphasizes the importance of individuals recognizing their own need for help rather than being pushed into treatment.
  • Family and friends can support their loved ones by understanding the challenges they may face and offering non-judgmental support.

Positive Outcomes of Seeking Help

  • Individuals who seek help at Bridgeway can experience positive outcomes such as reunification of families, reintegration into the workforce, and contributing positively to society.
  • Many clients continue their services with Bridgeway to maintain stability and address additional needs.

Contacting Bridgeway

  • For those interested in Bridgeway’s services or volunteering opportunities, they can contact the center directly at 850-833-7500.

As we wrap up another insightful episode of Let’s Talk, we encourage everyone to join the upcoming Mental Health Awareness Walk and Fair to show support for mental health awareness in the community.

Thank you for listening to the Let’s Talk podcast from your local news and information leaders, Omni Broadcasting and Emerald Coast Connected.

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