Mental health

Nonprofit dedicated to mental health care opens in Neptune Beach – The Florida Times-Union

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A trio of Beaches-area mayors, several local business owners and residents were on hand last week for the official ribbon-cutting of a new facility designed to offer hope to the hopeless.

Here Tomorrow is a nonprofit organization serving the Beaches communities and Northeast Florida with a mission to prevent suicide by building a community where mental healthcare is acceptable and …….

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Special to the Times-Union
 |  Florida Times-Union

A trio of Beaches-area mayors, several local business owners and residents were on hand last week for the official ribbon-cutting of a new facility designed to offer hope to the hopeless.

Here Tomorrow is a nonprofit organization serving the Beaches communities and Northeast Florida with a mission to prevent suicide by building a community where mental healthcare is acceptable and accessible. The organization opened its doors in January and offers a warm, welcoming physical and virtual space to have conversations about mental health.

In 2019, in Duval and St. Johns counties alone, 230 community residents died due to suicide, the most preventable form of death. The hearts of countless families and loved ones were shattered with the finality of death and unspeakable loss. 

“Here Tomorrow exists to face this problem head on and reimagine how we as a community can come together to solve it,” says Joe Kenney, Here Tomorrow’s board chair and chief benefactor.

Most large national suicide prevention organizations primarily focus on research and education. Here Tomorrow provides community education to increase awareness but is taking a step further by utilizing innovative approaches to connect with those who are most at-risk, and through community collaboration, link them with the help they need when they need it.

Hannah Hackworth, executive director of Here Tomorrow, developed the core service model, in consultation with international suicide prevention expert, Paul Quinnett. He advised that by solving the problems that people kill themselves to solve, the reasons for suicide disappear.

“We are not planning to wait for those most at-risk for suicide to come to us and ask for help,” Hackworth said. “We intend to collaborate with primary healthcare offices, emergency departments, inpatient psychiatric units and law enforcement to identify and engage people before it’s too late.”

Quinnett added that those who are most at-risk for suicide are least likely to ask for help.

“If we require them to ask for help, they will continue to die,” he said.

The nonprofit’s workforce is primarily made up of recovery peer specialists, individuals who are in recovery from a mental health condition and have been trained to support others on their recovery journey.

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Source: https://www.jacksonville.com/story/lifestyle/shorelines/2021/11/26/nonprofit-dedicated-mental-health-care-opens-neptune-beach/8723368002/