Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 20-9-3

Date: Sept. 3, 2020

Addressing mental health challenges is a priority of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and BSO is thrilled that the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County along with Memorial Healthcare System, Ultimate Software and Cigna are moving this year’s annual Mental Health Summit online. 

The virtual summit will take place on Thursday, Sept. 10, with sessions focusing on topics including suicide prevention, developing resilience in a stressful world, combatting loneliness and easing the burden of financial stress. 

The summit brings together the leading mental health providers in South Florida from county, state and federal government, private practice, nonprofits and academia to discuss and examine the current issues relating to mental health in Broward County. This year’s event will be virtual due to the pandemic and will remain available on demand until Sept. 25, 2020. The summit features more than a dozen educational sessions and 36 speakers.  

“At the Broward Sheriff’s Office, we know that treating mental illness properly is paramount to public safety,” Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said. “The Broward Mental Health Summit presents an amazing opportunity for stakeholders from law enforcement, community organizations and mental health professionals to break down barriers, spark a serious dialogue and develop bold initiatives about mental health care. Thank you to the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County for its vision and leadership in organizing this important summit.”

This year’s Summit keynote speaker is Dr. Ashwin Mehta, of Memorial Healthcare System, on the topic: “Mental Health During COVID.” 

“By attending the 2020 Broward Mental Health Summit you’ll walk away with concrete data, information tools and a better understanding of the challenges affecting those with mental health issues,” said Event Co-Chairman and Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward Executive Director Juan Carlos Arias. “The community will come together at this summit to continue to talk about mental health and to save lives.”

For more information and to sign up for the event, please CLICK HERE.