DFWHC accepts award for community work on mental health

Dr. Sushma Sharma (l to r) and W. Stephen Love during the award ceremony.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Texas presented its 2018 Community Awards on December 6 during a dinner ceremony at the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas.

Recipients included the DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) for its work in increasing mental health awareness by sponsoring “I’m Listening,” a radio program that inspired community awareness on depression. The broadcast aired on September 9 on multiple Entercom stations in North Texas during National Suicide Prevention Week.

DFWHC President/CEO W. Stephen Love and Dr. Sushma Sharma, the DFWHC Foundation’s director of public and population health research, were present to accept the award.

The DFWHC Foundation received a Community Mental Health Grant in October from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to coordinate Mental Health First Aid Training to 12 rural North Texas counties including Ellis, Erath, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell and Wise counties.

The DFWHC Foundation expects to begin the courses in 2019, with a goal of training 10,000 lay persons over the next three years.

For information, please contact Dr. Sharma at ssharma@dfwhcfoundation.org.