Mental Health Awareness!

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in partnership with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health & Fitness Committee will be having monthly lunch and learn to provide information on various topics.  This month we will focus on mental health. 


Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness each year. It is important to measure how common mental illness is, so we can understand its physical, social and financial impact — and so we can show that no one is alone. These numbers are also powerful tools for raising public awareness, stigma-busting and advocating for better health care.


Mental Health Facts

1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 

On Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in partnership with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health & Fitness Committee and Hope Community Medical will host a lunch and learn on Mental Health.  Dr. Dan Wilkins will be our guest speaker.  Dr. Dan Wilkins, Ph.D., Center High School Class of 1969 graduate, has his doctoral degree in psychology and his master’s degree in counseling from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is licensed by the Texas Department of Health as a Licenses Professional Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist. 

Dr. Wilkins has worked in the mental health field for 45 years, primarily in private practice. He has also worked in Human Resource Management, taught at Panola College and on the counseling staff of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin. He is currently Chief Behavior Health Officer for HOPE Community Medicine.

Be sure to RSVP to 936 598-7744 no later than Monday May 17, 2021 if you would like to attend. Lunch will be provided; space is limited and all COVID19 precautions will be taken.  If you have questions, please contact Feleshia Thompson, County Extension Agent – Family and Community Health at the above number or via email at


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