The group offers mental health resources in Grove Park

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A local organization is working to bring mental health resources directly to Jacksonians’ doorsteps.

Phi Pi of Mississippi hosted a community resource fair in Grove Park, aimed at helping people with mental illness. The organization works to break down the stigma and trauma passed down from generation to generation.

Speakers at the event included community leaders, mental health professionals and Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. He said the city plans to create a mental health office that will address the special needs of Jacksonians.

“The lack of us taking care of our mental health. We begin to see the seeds of neglect in our mental health. Like cancer, it reproduces and metastasizes. We get the result. We get what we get in our cities today. We have to stop this and see that no one will come to save us. We have to save ourselves,” said Phi Pi Mississippi event president and organizer William Guster.

“Without our mental health, being in this state affects everything we do. Eating, sleeping, thinking and the choices we make. We need to start talking about mental health. We do mental health assessments just like we do physical assessments,” said Christiane Williams, founder of Leading by Example.

The event organizer said it was important to host the event in Grove Park because of the community’s prime location. They wanted to bring resources directly to people’s doorsteps.

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