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Introducing “It’s About Hope: Reinforcing Resilience in Our Community”

When our organization received a grant from ReCAST to share resources and information about mental health in the St. Louis Promise Zone, we planned to meet people where they are – in churches, at coffee shops, in businesses.

With the support of ReCAST (Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma), we remain committed to that important goal, although “where people are” has changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To meet people where they are, we have shifted our delivery mechanism to focus on online resources.

On the first day of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are proud to launch “It’s About Hope: Reinforcing Resilience in Our Community.”

The goal of this series is to educate individuals living in the Promise Zone about mental health and the resources available in St. Louis City and County, and also to reduce the stigma associated with receiving treatment for mental illness.

Over the days and weeks ahead, we will share stories of resilience, as well as information and resources to demystify mental illness.

“Emotional health and emotional well being are absolutely essential to overall health,” said Joe Yancey. “Many times we put aside that emotional part of our overall health and well being. But the fact of the matter is that how we think, how we feel, how we see the world, and how we believe the world sees us are critical in terms of not only our emotional well being, but also our physical well being.”

The two components critical to reinforcing resilience, according to Yancey, are access to resources and having caring, supportive people in our lives.

In addition to sharing resources on our Reinforcing Resilience webpage, Places for People and the St. Louis Regional Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health will offer trainings on relevant topics, such as “Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness,” and “Parenting in Today’s World.”

As we begin this journey to reinforcing resilience, we invite you to be a part of this conversation. Please visit this website and our social media channels, and plan to attend our training sessions. Together we can support and nurture hope, and reinforce resilience in our community.

The key to overall health and well being is how resilient we are.Joe Yancey, Places for People Executive Director