Bartow, FL – In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Peace River Center is hosting an event at Concord Coffee, 1037 Florida Ave S #135, Lakeland, FL 33803 on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Attendees will be given the opportunity to converse with one of Peace River Center’s clinical or community relations staff members about general mental health topics such as “what is the difference between mental health and mental illness” or “how can I help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.” Attendees who converse with Peace River Center staff member have a chance to win a $25 gift card to Concord Coffee.
“Forty percent of people with mental health issues do not seek help. More often than not, it’s because of the stigma associated with it. This is event is all about bringing the conversation out of the shadows and into the light so people feel comfortable and understand the resources available such as Peace River Center’s free 24-hour Crisis Response Team,” said Ileana Kniss, Director of Development and Community Relations at Peace River Center.
Kniss encourages anyone interested in learning more to drop by for a cup of coffee and help Peace River Center raise awareness and diminish the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness.
About Peace River Center
Peace River Center is a licensed and accredited, non-profit provider of mental health, substance use and integrated medical services serving Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. Peace River Center provides options for people struggling with mental health and addiction, for children and adults coping with the trauma of abuse and violence, crisis intervention for people in acute need, and housing and community support and integration for people affected by domestic violence or whose recovery requires more support and time. Peace River Center offers inpatient, outpatient, home-, school- and community-based services, telehealth and mobile programs to individuals, groups and families. Peace River Center’s dedicated and compassionate staff of more than 400 operate 36 programs out of 27 locations and provide 24/7 emergency psychiatric response services to the community through the mobile psychiatric Crisis Response Team. In FY2018, Peace River Center had contact with and provided services to more than 23,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors. For more information visit www.peacerivercenter.org.