Called to action by President Obama, Creating Community Solutions – Albuquerque, was a unique opportunity for local residents to learn about mental health and to recommend priority strategies and actions to improve the lives of those living with mental health issues, especially for young people.
Mayor Richard J. Berry hosted one of the first dialogues as part of this initiative in Albuquerque, NM, on July 20 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Over 300 residents came together for the dialogue to move beyond stereotypes and negative attitudes and toward solutions that improve mental health and mental health systems. Attendees were recruited from various parts of Greater Albuquerque and represented the rich ethnic diversity of the community. There was additional representation from young people, young adults, people with lived experience in mental health, family members with lived experience, and mental health providers.
Throughout the day, participants met in facilitated small-group dialogues to share personal experiences, discuss community assets and barriers, and identify actions they can take as individuals and families and that the community should take. Volunteers from the Albuquerque area were trained to facilitate and record the discussions.
Action ideas stemming from the conversations include creating a media campaign to raise awareness about issues and resources, having more mental health providers at places accessible to youth, and leveraging partnerships to reduce fragmentation between providers.
To view the final report from the July 20 Creating Community Solutions event, please click here.
To view the PowerPoint slides from the event, please click here.
Additional conversations will take place this fall throughout the Greater Albuquerque Region, and will be incorporated into the community action plan. A diverse steering committee will continue to head the initiative. Working with Everyday Democracy and the City, it will involve even more residents in conversation, create a community action plan, and begin to implement the plan.
Also check our Community Action Plan page for updates on the action planning process: www.creatingcommunitysolutions.org/partners/albuquerque-new-mexico