A citizen-led group is working to bring awareness about the impact of violent crime, trauma and mental health within our community. The Jacksonville City Council Safety and Crime Reduction Commission (SCRC) will launch a campaign to connect residents with available resources and services. The goals are to break the cycle of generational trauma and end the stigma of mental health. It’s important for everyone to know that mental health care is just as important as physical well-being. Commissioners will host a news conference on Feb. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at The Church of Oakland, 1025 Jessie St., to share their upcoming community plan.
“So many people in communities all over Jacksonville, especially children, witness crime or experience trauma in our city. For some, violence is normalized. It becomes a way of life. It can also create anxiety in some and anger in others,” said Dr. Constance Hall, SCRC chair. “We want residents to know help is available. We want to encourage them to take advantage of the support and resources. They are not alone.”
In partnership with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), commissioners will host Community Bus Tours in various neighborhoods. The first stop will be on the Eastside on Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. – noon at The Church of Oakland. It will be an event for the whole family. There will be music, refreshments and educational resources. Experts will also be on hand to talk with parents, children and community members about the importance of mental health care to cope with the impact of violence, stress and trauma in our community.