LAUDERHILL, Fla. – “There is Only One You,” and the importance of mental health wellness and suicide prevention, was the message conveyed at the 4th Annual OCP2 Wellness Day for youth, families, and community providers May 11 in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.
The event was hosted by United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention, Broward Behavioral Health Coalition and Broward County’s One Community Partnership 2 (OCP2).
Highlights included free mental health resources, a Massage Station, arts & crafts, poetry/lyrical expression, a photo booth and more.
During the event, keynote speaker Arleen Abreu, shared the message about her 19-year-old son Ryan Abreu who took his own life in August of 2016. She discussed suicide warning signs and offered hope for those who work to prevent depression and suicide, especially in young adults.
iHeartRadio’s 103.5 The Beat Radio Personality Papa Keith also was in attendance to hold a Meet and Greet with Broward County families and share a personal message about the importance of mental health wellness.
In addition, the “Wellness Champions Award Recognition” ceremony recognized young people, families and community members who make a difference through their work and advocacy for mental wellness.
Award winners included:
*Provider Partner of the Year: South Florida Wellness Network *Provider Partner of the Year: Gulf Coast Jewish Services *Youth Advocate: Taylor Blanco *Family Advocate: Alfonso Ruiz *Support Staff: Robert Lall *Tip Star: Timothy Andrews