Hundreds take part in Community Mental Health Resource Fair

December 19, 2019

Community Mental Health Resource Fair patrons visit with vendors during the event on Dec. 3 at the Berry Center. The fair was sponsored by the CFISD guidance and counseling and psychological services departments and gave visitors opportunities to meet the CFISD Mental Health Intervention Team and community mental health care providers.Community Mental Health Resource Fair patrons visit with vendors during the event on Dec. 3 at the Berry Center. The fair was sponsored by the CFISD guidance and counseling and psychological services departments and gave visitors opportunities to meet the CFISD Mental Health Intervention Team and community mental health care providers.

Dec. 19, 2019—In offering another service to the CFISD community, the district hosted the fourth annual Community Mental Health Resource Fair on Dec. 3 at the Berry Center. The event, sponsored by the CFISD guidance and counseling and psychological services departments, drew approximately 250 visitors and gave district parents, staff and community members an opportunity to meet the CFISD Mental Health Intervention Team and community mental health care providers while discovering available resources.

“This fair gives our community, our leadership in schools, our counselors and psychologists the opportunity to come and visit with therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists, and all types of other mental health providers from all over our community and get that firsthand experience, which is really so important,” said Dr. Traci Schluter, the CFISD director of psychological services.

Nearly 70 mental health providers and vendors attended the fair. Stress balls and painted rocks with words of affirmation were just a few examples of giveaways, and a raffle was held with door prizes donated from numerous mental health professionals and community partners.

Painted rocks with words of affirmation and stress balls were among the giveaways at the Community Mental Health Resource Fair on Dec. 3 at the Berry Center.Painted rocks with words of affirmation and stress balls were among the giveaways at the Community Mental Health Resource Fair on Dec. 3 at the Berry Center.

A holiday-themed photo booth was also available to fair patrons.

“What we’re trying to do is we’re making every attempt that we can to get rid of the stigma related to mental health and mental illness,” said Franklin Sampson, CFISD director of guidance and counseling. “So the more that we can promote, ‘It’s OK not to be OK,’ and give others an opportunity to speak with those who work in the profession every single day…the more others will seek out help when they really need it.”

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