Creating Community Solutions - D.C.

February 22, 2014 10:00am to 12:30pm
Washington, DC 20001

Community Dialogue

On Saturday, October 12, 2013, over 400 District residents, advocates, providers, and public officials from Washington, DC joined Mayor Vincent C. Gray at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to take part in a local and national dialogue on mental health. At the
event, participants worked together to envision a community action plan focused on addressing mental health needs and combating stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need.

Mayor Gray welcomed meeting participants, noting that mental illness touches our whole community and many of our families. He emphasized the importance of promoting healthy communities and addressing mental health issues and barriers to treatment through honest and open conversation. Developing a community-wide action plan to address mental health, he said, is an important step toward creating the kind of city in which we all want to live.

The discussion had three main objectives:
  • Get Americans talking about mental health to break down misperceptions and promote recovery and healthy communities;
  • Find innovative community-based solutions to mental health needs, with a focus on helping young people; and
  • Develop clear action steps for communities to move forward in a way that complements existing local activities.
Throughout the full-day meeting, participants engaged in facilitated group discussions at their tables and used keypad polling to register their views about a range of mental health issues.
The meeting utilized methodology from AmericaSpeaks, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that engages citizens in the public decision-making that affects
their lives.
 

Community Action Plan Meeting

The DC Action Plan Review meeting was held on Saturday, February 22nd.

Donations Needed for DC's Action Plan

If you wish to make a donation to the Action Plan that Washington, DC will be implementing as a result of the Community Conversation, please click "Donate" below. Donations are tax-deductible through the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.

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About DC's Community Dialogue

On Saturday, October 12, 2013, over 400 District residents, advocates, providers, and public officials from Washington, DC joined Mayor Vincent C. Gray at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to take part in a local and national dialogue on mental health. At the event, participants worked together to envision a community action plan focused on addressing mental health needs and combating stigma that prevents people from getting the help they need.

Mayor Gray welcomed meeting participants, noting that mental illness touches our whole community and many of our families. He emphasized the importance of promoting healthy communities and addressing mental health issues and barriers to treatment through honest and open conversation. Developing a community-wide action plan to address mental health, he said, is an important step toward creating the kind of city in which we all want to live.

For an overview of the meeting, please see the following links:

Summary Report (PDF) - provides an overview of the day-long meeting, including polling results.

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF) - the complete slide presentation shown during the meeting.

Theme Team Slides (PDF) - the themes from each of the meeting's discussion sections.

Participant Guide (PDF) - background materials provided to participants during the meeting.

Media Coverage of the Meeting:

WTOP AM

FOX 5

Washington Informer

District of Columbia Planning Team and Partners

  • Executive Office of the Mayor, Vincent C. Gray, Mayor

  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services

  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education

  • Department of Mental Health

  • Office of Community Affairs

  • AmericaSpeaks

  • Total Family Care

  • DC Behavioral Health Association

  • Children’s National Medical Center

  • Children’s Youth Investment Trust

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

 

       

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