Franklin - Brentwood Edition - June 2020

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“There was this thought

“We found it was easy

all of those issues)

either-or—that we can’t

reluctance to talk

acknowledge our pain,

particularly if it had to do with themselves

year where it changes in this community, and it

KEN MOORE, MAYOR OF FRANKLIN

AMY ALEXANDER, COFOUNDER OF THE REFUG

E CENTER

Mental health care providers are working to ght against mental health stigma and provide more resources for patient care, such as a future facility for The Refuge Center for Counseling planned near Long Lane in Franklin. (Courtesy The Refuge Center for Counseling)

Ocials, nonprotswork to provide relief during coronavirus pandemic

Initiatives ramp up to help those with mental health concerns

were not so easy to nd. “Wewere experiencing the rise in the use of various substances, and our ocers were having to respond with narcotic reversal agents, like Narcan, and there were some scary stories that concerned me,” Moore said. “For several years, we’ve recognized that we have a higher-than-average rate of suicide in our community, and the police chief and I have both had concerns about that.” Moore said despite having been recognized by the governor as one of the healthiest communities in the state, Franklin could improve resources for

those struggling with obesity, tobacco use and men- tal health, the last of which he said is the hardest for people to talk about and has only increased as a prob- lem during the coronavirus pandemic. “We found it was easy for people to talk about all of [those issues] except mental health. There was a taboo or reluctance to talk about those issues, partic- ularly if it had to do with themselves or their family,” Moore said. “Certainly, we’ve seen an uptick in anxi- ety and mental health issues during this pandemic.” Among the rst initiatives of the mayor’s Blue

BY ALEX HOSEY

In the lead-up to the creation of the Blue Ribbon Task Force in Franklin in 2019, Mayor Ken Moore said he heard from residents throughout his com- munity that the number of people struggling with substance abuse and mental health had been going up and that many local resources available to help

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