By: Krystal Horne, The City Menus
U.S. Rep. David Scott (Ga-13) issued a congressional record statement Friday commending the people of Douglas County and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners for their efforts to increase awareness about behavioral health challenges and for designating October as Douglas County Behavioral Health Month.
The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the 115th United States Congress First Session. On Friday, October 27, 2017, Congressman Scott issued the Congressional Record Statement in recognition of the great work being done, Congressman Scott’s office said.
For the second time this month, Congressman Scott recognized Douglas County’s efforts for proclaiming October as Behavioral Health Month. On October 24, Congressman Scott issued a letter applauding Douglas County Commission Chairman Dr. Romona Jackson-Jones and the Board of Commissioners for the collaboration to pull off all the events throughout the month of October.
Chairman Jones is moved and encouraged by the attention October’s behavioral health programs have received from Washington D.C. “Bringing attention to the health of our citizens is one of my biggest priorities,” she said. “It’s truly an honor to have Congressman Scott recognize our efforts, “Chairman Jones said.
Douglas County Director of External Affairs Tiffany Stewart-Stanley spearheaded the initiative and organized the programs recognizing October as Behavioral Health month. “It’s an honor for Douglas County and the Board of Commissioners to be recognized on a national level as a leader in bringing awareness to behavioral health challenges,” Stewart said. “Douglas County Behavioral Health Month will be a staple of the Department of External Affairs, and I look forward to continuing to bring awareness to such a worthy cause,” Stanley said.
One of the highlighted programs that occurred as part of Behavioral Health Month was the Behavioral Health Forum, which included speaking panels of elected officials from the state, county and city levels. Among the speakers was Board of Commissioners Vice-Chairman Kelly Robinson, who delivered remarks regarding mental health and offered solutions about how to battle the stigma.
Behavioral Health Month concluded with a wellness walk, fitness fair and balloon release thanking all involved for making the month a success by increasing awareness about behavioral health and stomping the stigma.