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Mayor Schieve hosts public Conversation on Mental Health and Addiction

Community health organizations come together for two-day summit

Post Date:09/19/2017 12:54 PM


Working to change the tide when it comes to mental health and addiction in our region, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve is inviting Nevada residents and business and community leaders to a two-day summit with local behavioral health experts. The goal is an open and honest conversation about our residents’ needs and the resources available in the Truckee Meadows.

Mental health and addiction are two struggles well known in the Silver State. According to Mental Health America’s most recent State of Mental Health report released in late 2016, Nevada ranked last in the nation. The reason? First, 67.5 percent of adults and 71.6 percent of youth with mental illness did not receive treatment. Second, there is a shortage of care providers, with one mental health worker per 570 Nevadans.

As many of us know personally, mental health and addiction are all around us. Friends, family and coworkers may be silently battling these problems alone because of the stigma surrounding a mental health or addiction diagnosis. The Mayor of Reno’s Conversation on Mental Health and Addiction hopes to change that. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP online

The public event, which takes place on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6 p.m., encourages everyone to have an open and honest conversation with local behavioral health experts. In a panel discussion, these care providers will walk through frequently asked questions such as when to seek help for yourself or a loved one as well as the resources available in Reno-Sparks. The public event will also be streamed live online at for people to watch from home.

On Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10 a.m., local businesses and community leaders are encouraged to attend to learn how they can connect their employees and constituents with community resources in the future.

This event is made possible by the support of Community Health Alliance, NAMI Nevada, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Northern Nevada HOPES, Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, Reno Municipal Court, Renown Health, Saint Mary’s Health Network, Second Judicial Court of Washoe County, Transforming Youth Recovery, Volunteers of America Northern Nevada, Washoe County and Washoe County Health District.
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