• Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Launches Mental Health Awareness Campaign

    September 13, 2018
    “Mental Health Matters” Aims to Reduce the Stigma Around Mental Health
    SANFORD, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2018) – “It’s OK to talk about it… Mental Health Matters.”
    That is the message of a mental health awareness campaign launched this month by Seminole System of Care, a joint initiative of Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and Community Based Care of Central Florida
    The primary goals of the campaign include:
    • Reducing the stigma around mental health
    • Empowering the general public to feel comfortable talking about it
    • Directing those struggling with mental health challenges to resources that can help  
    The campaign includes heartfelt promotional spots featuring teens and adults talking about their personal mental health challenges. Messages will run through October 4 on the radio and at Seminole County movie theaters. Digital ads will also appear on billboards and online.
    “While we are proud of all that the Seminole System of Care has accomplished with our teens and young adults, this campaign is designed to reach Seminole County citizens of all ages,” said Sheriff Lemma.  “It is about people feeling comfortable enough to talk about what they’re feeling, and then to reach out to others and to whatever resource they may need.” 
    Seminole System of Care is designed to expand outreach to youth and young adults, ages 13-21, with emotional health needs. Seminole System of Care is working to transform all services and our community to become more youth guided and family driven, trauma informed and culturally competent, ultimately reducing arrests and hospitalization due to mental health.  It is funded by a four-year federal grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
    Those seeking guidance are encouraged to visit www.SeminoleSystemOfCare.com to find resources that will connect them to the help they may need.

    About Community Based Care of Central Florida
    As the region’s lead nonprofit agency overseeing foster care, adoption and other child welfare services in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, Community Based Care of Central Florida serves more than 3,000 children and their families. For more information, visit wwwProtectAndInspire.org“like” Community Based Care of Central Florida on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CBCCFL or follow it on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CBCCFL.

    About Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
    The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is a full-service criminal justice agency whose mission is to enhance the quality of life by reducing crime and the fear of crime in Seminole County, Florida. Under the leadership of Sheriff Dennis Lemma, the SCSO is one of the most progressive and proactive law enforcement agencies in the state.  Additionally, the SCSO is one of the very few agencies in the country that delivers community policing and investigative services, operates a county correctional facility, manages both a juvenile assessment and detention center, conducts child protection investigations, and much more.
    About Seminole System of Care
    Seminole System of Care is a four year federal grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The grant is administered through a joint initiative of Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and Community Initiatives, Inc., which is part of the Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCF) family of companies.  The goal of the grant initiative is to transform the mental health System of Care in Seminole County to be family driven and youth guided, culturally and linguistically competent, trauma informed and community based. The program targets youth and young adults, ages 13 – 21, diagnosed with, or potentially diagnosable with, a mental health disorder.
    Sharon Nelson, Senior Community Relations Manager
    (321) 441-2380
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