Mental Health Fair

2021: The Ripple Effect

October 2, 2021
Online via Zoom

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Each Fall, Suntree United Methodist Church holds a Mental Health Fair designed to increase awareness, reduce stigma, offer help and hope for persons with mental health conditions, and to advocate for improved mental health care. 

Due to the current pandemic, this year’s event will be conducted virtually on Saturday afternoon, October 2, from 1-4pm and will feature award-winning mental health videos and distinguished panelists to focus on (1) Suicide Awareness and Prevention and (2) Preventing the Criminalization of Mental Health Conditions. 

“This year’s theme is ‘The Ripple Effect: Untreated and Undertreated Mental Health Conditions," says Dr. John Baggett, Chair of the Suntree United Methodist Mental Health Task Force, and a former Mental Health Director in North Carolina.  "When we think about prevention in healthcare we usually focus on wellness activities that help ward off illness, but in this year’s Virtual Mental Health Fair we will be focusing on preventing the tragedies that often result from our society’s failure to provide appropriate treatment for persons who have mental health conditions. "

"We want people to understand that ‘Treatment is Prevention.’  Treatment of depression can prevent suicides.  Treatment of psychosis can prevent arrests and incarcerations.  Treatment of the diseases of addiction can prevent family tragedies, job losses, imprisonment, homelessness, physical sicknesses and deaths. We are hoping this year’s Mental Health Fair will shine a light of hope for the future of persons with mental health conditions and their families in Brevard County who are experiencing the tragic ripple effects of untreated and undertreated mental health conditions.” 

2021 VIRTUAL MENTAL HEALTH FAIR PROGRAM

Session I: “Suicide Awareness and Prevention” 
Selection from the documentary “Suicide: The Ripple Effect”

Panel Discussion Featuring:
 -Lynn Cline, Parent and Founder of Hannah’s Heroes
-Janean Knight, Student Services Department, Brevard Schools
-Dr. Caroline Griffin,  Doctor of Nursing Practice, Circles of Care
-Tanya Dix, BSN, RN, LHRM, Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations Circles of Care                

Session II:  “Preventing  the Criminalization of Mental Health Conditions”
Selection from the documentary: “The Definition of Insanity”


Panel Discussion Featuring:
-Stanley Briz, Eckerd Connects and Brevard Prevention Coalition
-Dana Eliot, NAMI Brevard County and Crisis Intervention Team Trainer 
-Judge Morgan Reinman, Brevard Courts
-Lt. Joanna Seigel, Brevard County Sherriff Office
-Agent Cory Jackson, Brevard County Sherriff Office

DISTINGUISHED GUEST SPEAKERS
SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION PANELISTS

Lynn Cline

Lyn Cline is the mother of Hannah Cline, a beautiful, talented, and accomplished middle school student that died by suicide on January 16, 2015.  Because Hannah had concealed her feelings of pain and depression from those who loved her, her death came as a shock to her family and friends. As Lyn, Hannah’s heartbroken mother, struggled with her grief, she decided Hannah’s death would not be in vain.  In February of 2015, in collaboration with Liz Mikitarian, a long-time area educator, Lyn Cline initiated Hannah’s Heroes, a non-profit grassroots organization with a passionate mission to draw attention the emotional struggles of teens, to provide support and to create resources to prevent teen suicides. 

Tanya Dix

Tanya Dix is Vice President Clinical/Quality Care, Circles of Care, an agency that provides comprehensive mental health care to the citizens of Brevard County.  Ms. Dix is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelors and a Masters degree from Western Governors University. At Circles of Care, she is responsible for safe, patient centered, quality care, and performance improvement through the effective use of quality outcomes data, risk mitigation and elimination, and a multidisciplinary approach to performance improvement.

Dr. Caroline Griffin

Dr. Caroline Griffin is the Director of Nursing Care at Circles of Care, as well as a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.  Dr. Griffin has a doctorate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from The University of North Florida, a Masters in Family Practice Nursing from Florida Atlantic University, and a Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the University of Vermont, College of Nursing.  She has served as a member of the adjunct faculty of Eastern Florida State College and as Adjunct Instructor at the University of Central Florida. 

Janean Knight

Janean Knight is a resource teacher in the office of student services for Brevard Public Schools. Ms. Knight holds a masters degree in recreation therapy and a Florida state teaching certification.  She assists local schools, students, and parents with trainings and resources in the area of suicide prevention, trauma informed care, mental health resources, and in training Brevard public middle and high schools in the Sources of Strength initiative. She also works with a program that assists students with emotional behavior disabilities navigate local services for mental health. She is a trainer for several mental health related initiatives,  such as Mental Health First Aid, Trauma Informed Care, Sources of Strength, and Second Step.

PREVENTING THE CRIMINALIZATION OF MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

Stanley Brizz

Stanley Brizz is the Director of Prevention & Family Services at Eckerd Connects and an Executive Director of Brevard Prevention Coalition, Inc., and is Chairperson of Brevard County’s Opioid Misuse Task Force. Mr. Brizz has an educational background in psychology, crisis intervention, and counseling, including faith-based counseling.  He has helped operate a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents in Brevard, Marion and Pinellas Counties in Florida. Mr. Brizz provides oversight for substance misuse prevention programs in Brevard County and helps to offer substance abuse counseling, parenting classes, and programs which assist with stabilizing and re-housing families with histories of substance misuse and homelessness.

Dana Eliot

Dana Leroy Eliot has two loved ones with mental illness. He is an active member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Brevard County and a NAMI support group facilitator.  Mr. Eliot also teaches NAMI’s Family to Family Class and is a Crisis Intervention Team instructor who helps to train law enforcement officers to respond to mental health crises using strategies that reduce risks of injury for all parties, and diverts persons with mental health conditions from arrest and incarceration by linking them to treatment.  Mr. Elliott is a graduate of Florida Institute of Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

The Honorable Morgan Laur Reinman

Judge Morgan Reinman is Probate Administrative Judge for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit in Brevard County Florida.  She holds a J.D. from Nova University and is a graduate of Florida Southern University. She has served the Eighteenth Circuit as a judge since 2003, including, among other judicial responsibilities, service as a Felony Mental Health Court Judge from 2017-2021, as a Juvenile Drug Court Judge (2019-2021 and 2009-2011); and as a Family Administrative Judge 2005 to 2009.  She is a former Chair of the Brevard County Bar Association, and has served her community as an active leader and participant on numerous boards and committees. She has been recognized and awarded by Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Brevard, on multiple occasions, for her advocacy for serving youths.

Lt. Joanna Seigel 

Lt. Joanna Seigel is a longtime Brevard County resident, a graduate of Satellite High School,  Eastern Florida, UCF, and Florida Tech.  She has been a Deputy Sheriff for Brevard County since 2001.  She has served as a Training Officer, Agent, Patrol Sergeant, Crime Prevention Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Administrative Lieutenant and is currently assigned to School District Security.  She is the agency supervisor for the Brevard County Crisis Intervention Team and is a member of the Behavioral Health Task Force associated with the Space Coast Health Foundation.  

 

 Agent Cory Jackson

Agent Cory Jackson has been with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office for eight years and currently serves in the Criminal Investigative Division. He is a Police Academy Instructor at Eastern Florida State College and Daytona State College, and is a Train-the-Trainer for Law Enforcement PTSD, and serves as a member of the Space Coast Health Foundation’s Behavioral Health Task Force. He developed the current mental health training curriculum for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and has advanced training on autism and developmental disabilities. He has specialized training in “Serving Our Veterans”, who may suffer from conditions such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury, addictions and depression. In 2012 he was appointed to serve on a Special Senate Commission to study emergency room diversion techniques for people with substance abuse and behavioral health needs.