August 2, 2022

Weekly Insights: Mental Health Collaborative

According to the CDC, 17.7% of adults in Indian River County have diagnosed depression. In addition, nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults lives with a mental illness. Mental Health Collaborative's mission is to is to establish a continuum of care for mental health made up of private and public funders, mental health providers and individuals who work in collaboration to increase access, decrease duplication, and facilitate community wide support of mental health issues. They strive to provide a seamless delivery of mental health services unlike any other in the state of Florida.

The Collaborative offers Mental Health First Aid which teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

The Mental Health Collaborative has a group of Mental Health First Aid Instructors ready to teach this important and impactful class. Any Indian River County Resident wanting to attend this class will be trained. Classes can be taught virtually or in person.

Click here to learn more and/or register for a Mental Health First Aid class.

Weekly Insights works in conjunction with Indian River Indicators. Indian River Indicators was launched in June 2021 and originated after the completion of the 2019 Indian River Community Needs Assessment. It provides key data and information about our community that is updated annually and can be used to support and sustain proven programs. It can also be used by community leaders to develop policy, promote promising practices and inspire innovation that can lead to solutions to persistent community challenges. Indian River Community Foundation holds informational sessions on the first Tuesday of every month at 4pm via Zoom to introduce the community to this new resource. Please email Director of Philanthropy, Chiaka Nwosu at to attend a session.

To learn more visit and click “Indian River Indicators” or contact a member of the Community Foundation’s team at 772.492.1407.

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