MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The Midland Behavioral Leadership team announced the launch of their "Okay to Say" campaign on September 24.
The program is setting out to encourage those who have or feel they may have a behavioral health issue to seek help from their community.
The Midland Behavioral Leadership team is made up of community leaders from several organizations throughout the community such as the Midland Memorial Hospital and the District Attorney's Office.
With the launch of the campaign, several events will be held throughout November to discuss behavioral health in hopes of dulling the stigma attached to it.
On October 9, the Midland Behavioral Health Leadership team will host a presentation from Kevin Hines at the Midland Community Theater.
Hines is a best selling author and suicide survivor.
During the conference, the Midland Memorial Hospital also announced an innovation to its 6 8 Nurse hotline. President Russell Myers says the hotline which is answered by professional nurses will now provide help and direct resources for behavioral health issues.
The 6 8 Nurse hotline is a toll free number.
The Midland Behavioral Leadership team says a report from the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute out of Dallas suggests that one out of every five people are dealing with a mental health issue. Which means in coordination to Midland's population of more 150,000 residents, more than 30,000 citizens are likely affected by a behavioral health issue.