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LGBTQ+ mental health town hall hosted virtually on Thursday 

LGBTQ+ mental health town hall

–The SLO County LGBTQ+ Mental Health Equity Task Force will present a first-time virtual community event, a town hall designed to bring the community together to discuss mental health needs for LGBTQ+ individuals in SLO County, explore solutions, and connect with local resources. The event will be held on Zoom, Thursday, Feb. 25 from 6-7:30 pm. The evening will include:

• A presentation by Dr. Jay Bettergarcia, PH.D, M.A. of the findings of QCARES’ LGBTQ+ Needs Assessment, a months-long research project to identify specific mental health and wellness needs of the LGBTQ+ community as well as barriers to mental health care in SLO County.

• A discussion of the LGBTQ+ Mental Health Equity Strategic Plan, an opportunity for the community to learn about and provide feedback on a mental health equity agenda to provide tools and resources to address disparities facing LGBTQ+ individuals.

• A SLO County Resource Panel of local mental health providers, discussing how agencies are providing support and resources for LGBTQ+ individuals in SLO County.

This town hall event is both a call to action and unification for our community. The Task Force hopes to engage community members, partners, and stakeholders and elicit feedback regarding their strategic plan for change.

Registration is free, click here

About the Mental Health Equity Task Force

The task force is a collaboration of diverse community partners, working together diligently to develop a mental health equity agenda and offer tools and resources to address disparities facing all LGBTQ+ individuals. Partners include:

  • 5 Cities Hope
  • Access Support Network
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Central Coast Coalition For Inclusive Schools
  • Community Action Partnership of SLO County
  • Community Counseling Center
  • County of SLO Behavioral Health Department
  • County of SLO Public Health Department
  • Cuesta College Health Services
  • Department of Social Services
  • GALA Pride & Diversity Center
  • Hospice of SLO County
  • NAMI SLO County
  • RISE
  • SLO Hotline
  • SLO Police Department
  • SLO Suicide Prevention Council
  • Stand Strong
  • Tenet Health Central Coast
  • Transitions-Mental Health Association
  • Tranz Central Coast
  • Wilshire Health & Community Services


About Transitions-Mental Health Association

Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and family support services. TMHA operates over 40 programs that served over 5,000 unique individuals and family members in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The emphasis of TMHA’s many services is to teach vital independent living skills, and build a framework for community re-entry through personal empowerment and hands on experience. Since 1979, TMHA has been dedicated to providing housing, employment, case management and life-skills support to teens and adults with mental illness; and support, resources and education for their loved ones.


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