NewsChannel 7 hosts Mental Health Town Hall

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - First it was Hurricane Michael in October 2018. Now, it's the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. To say the people who live in the Florida Panhandle have been through a lot these last couple of years is a fair statement.

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That's why WJHG wanted to work with local mental health experts to bring you resources in this troubling time. We want you to know if you need help, there is help available out there.

Joining us for the town hall are experts from our community.

Suzanne Clark is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Panama City Beach. Since 2016, she has worked primarily with the National Council for behavioral Health as a National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid USA. Suzanne recently partnered with Gulf Coast State College to offer Mental Health First Aid trainings to the public locally, in addition to her private trainings for churches, health departments, and professional groups. Most of Suzanne’s clinical experience is in medical settings—hospice, kidney dialysis clinics, and establishing integrated care services at Pancare’s Community Health Clinic.

Ken Chisholm M.S., LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He works as the Clinical Lead on Bay District Schools Mental Health Team. He has more than 35 years of clinical behavioral health experience providing services to children, adults, and families in outpatient, inpatient, routine, and crisis settings.

Tasha Jackson, LCSW, is the Program Coordinator of the Trauma Therapy Treatment Team at Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center. She began her career as a therapist in 2010, eventually working at the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center as a therapist, then advancing to Program Supervisor of the Trauma Therapy Treatment Team (T4) in January 2016. T4 provides specialized, empirically supported trauma therapy in all 6 counties within the 14th Judicial District of Florida.

Dr. Natasha Wood, DNP, is a nurse practitioner specializing in pediatrics and child abuse cases and works at Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center.

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