DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Residents who are struggling with mental health issues or have teens facing substance abuse or emotional issues, will want to take part in two Mental Health Awareness Month forums Monday and Tuesday in Poughkeepsie.
Held by the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health, the first forum will discuss services for children and youth with emotional issues and/or chemical dependency problems.
Tuesday's meeting will focus on adult mental health service needs.
Each forum will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Training Room at DBCH at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie.
“Public forums are an ideal setting for individuals, family members, and caregivers to advocate for the services they believe to be most vital for supporting their loved ones who are dealing with mental health or substance use issues,” said Dr. Anil K. Vaidian, commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health. “We strongly encourage the public to attend and have their voices heard.”
The forums are just two of Dutchess County’s many efforts to address the issues of mental health and substance use in the community. Earlier this year, the county opened the Stabilization Center at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie. This voluntary, 24/7 resource offers a single point of service for adults, youth, and families who are dealing with behavioral health or substance use issues enables them to receive immediate assistance and connects them with ongoing support.
For more information on the youth forum, call 845-486-2766. For more information related to the adult mental health public forum, call 845-486-2751.