How did we get here?
The Samaritan Counseling Center, working with the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Commission, convened in September 2017 a community-wide gathering of clergy, counselors and professionals to define and prioritize mental health issues affecting our youth. Fifty people attended.
After discussing several issues in depth, such as suicide, bullying, domestic violence and many other issues, the group divided into small table discussions.
The unanimous finding was that more needed to be done to increase parenting skills throughout our community. Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange then challenged the group to plan a community-wide event to address parenting skills. Volunteers from the group formed a task force which met monthly.
Who served on the task force?
The Samaritan Counseling Center staff coordinated the task force. Participants included the City of Montgomery Mayor's Office, Church of the Highlands, Mental Health America of Montgomery, Montgomery Public Schools and the Alabama Department of Mental Health.