We aim to provide space for regional stakeholders—including city, county and law enforcement officials, K-12 school administrators, agency employees and community members, to discuss multiple issues regarding rural mental health. Our goal is to create a coalition of regional partners to identify challenges and seek solutions.

Rural Mental Health Forum

The Counseling Center and the Department of Health and Human Performance are partnering to host a free rural mental health forum at Fletcher Warren Civic Center in Greenville, Texas, on March 21, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Taylor Toynes

Taylor Toynes is the chief executive officer at For Oak Cliff, a none-profit organization that aims to identify and address the issues of systematic oppression in Oak Cliff.

Topics will include

  • Barriers to mental health services
  • Reducing stigma associated with seeking services
  • Preparedness for regional tragedies impacting service demands

The format will include a keynote presentation, panel discussion and roundtable strategy sessions. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Inaugural Forum Planning Committee

  • Shirley Weddle, charter president and co-founder of the Suicide Prevention and Brain Health Rotary eClub
  • Dr. Tony Dickensheets, Soldiers' Angels
  • Amy Burton, Red River Valley Veterans Memorial
  • Dr. Nick Patras, Executive Director of the A&M-Commerce Counseling Center and Student Health Services
  • Dr. Elizabeth Wachira, assistant professor in the A&M-Commerce Department of Health and Human Performance
  • Adam Metts, LPC-S, assistant director of training and supervision for the A&M-Commerce Counseling Center

Research Team

Contact Us

  • Halladay Student Services, 203
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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