Goal #11

Develop and participate in programs to improve mental and physical health

1. Conduct a town hall meeting to provide community education on mental health resources and assistance programs | Fire Department | Start FY 2021 Q2 | Complete FY 2021 Q2

2. Work with a mental health service provider to provide education sessions for DeSoto residents | City Manager’s Office | Start FY 2021 Q1 | Complete FY 2021 Q2

3. Develop a 2021 community calendar focused on events and opportunities designed to improve mental and physical health | Parks Department | Start FY 2021 Q1 | Complete FY 2021 Q1

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2nd Quarter Update
April 2021

City staff and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) consultant are in the planning stages of organizing a Mental Health Fair with activities geared toward identifying a location and recruiting mental health professionals to participate. The Mental Health Fair has been scheduled for the Fall of 2021 to allow for in-person attendance. The Parks Department continues to offer virtual programming for senior citizens that includes a Virtual Calming Room, Mindfulness Mondays, Work It Wednesdays, and Fix It Fridays.  Additionally, the Mental Health Town Hall was held virtually in March 2021 to provide information about mental health resources to the community. The event was facilitated by the DeSoto Fire Chief, with assistance from Parkland Hospital, the DeSoto Crisis Assessment Resource Engagement (CARE) Team, and Dallas Behavioral Hospital.

1st Quarter Update
January 2021

Staff is currently exploring partnership opportunities and potential venues to provide mental health education sessions for DeSoto residents. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual options are being considered for the Spring of 2021. Along those lines, the Parks and Recreation Department has established programming designed to improve the mental and physical health of our residents. These activities include Mindfulness Mondays on the 2nd Monday of the month, Work It Wednesdays on the 1st Wednesday of the month, and Fix it Friday’s on the 3rd Friday of the month. These activities are highlighted on the City’s Community Calendar of Events as well as on the Parks and Recreation events page. Additionally, the DeSoto Fire Department has organized a Mental Health Town Hall scheduled for Thursday, February 25. The town hall will be facilitated by Fire Chief Duffield with assistance from Parkland Hospital, the DeSoto Crisis Assessment Resource Engagement (CARE) Team, and Dallas Behavioral Hospital.