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Talking About Prevention

by | May 8, 2023 | Mental Health, Mental Wellness, Prevention

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What Is Prevention?

Prevention doesn’t mean that you won’t face any challenges, or that you’ll never struggle with your mental health, but what it does mean is that you’ll have the knowledge you need to handle life’s challenges. You’ll know where things are really coming from, what it means, how you could respond and how to reduce the likelihood that you’ll experience a mental health or substance abuse crisis.

Why Is Prevention So Important?

Prevention is about breaking the cycle. This is true on an individual level, and on a community or societal level, as well. As an individual, It’s about letting people know and understand the different things that contribute to you as a human, and what to do with that information if you’re ever going through a really tough time.

How we help at a community level is based on the problems that we see in the community. There’s been a big increase in suicide and suicidal thoughts and in opioid abuse. We also know there are problems with gaming and gambling. So the Prevention team is working on ways to address those issues.

WTCSB Clinical Administrator Tanetta Hassell says:

“In Prevention, we look at those big picture ideas, and we figure out how we can get out there and disrupt what’s happening. And we figure out how to do that through research. We study the ways we can impact community-wide change. How can we relate and connect with people? How can we use the human experience to heal?”

Listen to the whole video from WTCSB clinical administrator Tanetta Hassell below.

We Invite You To Support Real Change In Our Community – Attend the Opening of the New Recovery Community Center

For Tanetta, the new Recovery Community Center “represents hope.” She goes on to say:

“[The center] represents people who really understand what it means to be not reactive, but to be proactive, and to create safe spaces for a community. The youth is out future, they’re our tomorrow, and this center gives us endless opportunities for us to be the change, that influence for a better tomorrow.”

Are you ready for change? Come out and support the WTCSB team and the rest of the community at the opening of our new Recovery Community Center.

Join us on May 11th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM for the ceremonial ribbon cutting and debut of the new Recovery Community Center in Franklin.

The Recovery Community Center will be located at 188 Stewart Dr., Franklin, VA 23851.


4:00pm to 4:30pm: Ribbon cutting and opening ceremony
4:30pm to 5:00pm: Presenting Prevention – WTCSB Prevention team’s intro and overview
5:00pm to 6:00pm: ACES at a Glance (Food served here)
6:00pm to 6:30pm: Presenting #MyPreventionStory with Peers, Community Partners and Resources, Q&A
6:30pm to 7:00pm: Networking and closing remarks

We hope to see you there!

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