LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The City of Lynchburg’s Strong Neighborhood Alliance joined forces with community agencies to host their first ever Mental Health Resource Fair.
The event took place on Saturday, July 23 at the Hunton-Randolph Community Center amid Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
According to Mike Anderson — the founder of Anderson Counseling, Propel Counseling, and the Grow a Future Association — he believes mental health needs to be a priority.
“Mental health and anxiety is very real in our society and we just want to bring awareness to that and we’re partnering with the Hunton-Randolph Community Center in order to get this done here in Lynchburg,” said Anderson.
In addition to Anderson, representatives from insurance companies, health centers, and law enforcement all came out to show their support for mental health.
According to Tashauna Johnson, the community outreach manager at the BrightView Lynchburg addiction treatment center, “Events like this just really allows them to know all the resources that are here in the Lynchburg community, and it helps them to see how many people are really committed to making Lynchburg a great place to live.”
Meanwhile, Leia Anderson, an administrative assistant at Anderson Counseling Center, says the goal of Saturday’s event is to be an outlet for those who need it most, even if it just means having someone there to listen to you.
“Sometimes we need people to talk to. It doesn’t have to be something that necessarily serious at that time… It’s just a good outlet for people to be able to go whenever they need help in any way,” said Anderson.
Saturday’s resource fair featured a number of guest speakers who shared their own personal stories, as well as advice to show support for those who have been impacted by mental health.
Anderson tells WFXR News that she hopes an event like this can have a positive impact on the Hill City community and beyond.