September 2018                                                HDB Newsletter 

Awareness | Access | Equity | Community Capacity Building

Welcome to the Team!


Healthier Delray Beach is excited to welcome Kristin Carstarphen to the team as the new Outreach Coordinator.  Kristin was born and raised in The Set, attending Orchard View Elementary, Carver Middle and Atlantic High School.  She returns to Delray Beach after graduating from University of Central Florida (UCF) with her Early Childhood Development degree.  She brings her passion for working with children and families to the HDB initiative and looks forward to re-connecting with her community and supporting neighbors to live their healthiest life.


September is
Suicide Prevention Month...

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Suicide is a very sensitive but serious conversation. Even though it is hard to talk about, it is something that needs to be discussed. Remember, the first step towards change is awareness...
Suicide is not only preventable, but with the right help, recovery can lead to a full healthy life.
•  Therapy  reduces the rate of
 repeated suicide attem
pts by 50%
•  80% -90% of people that seek treatment
 for depression are tre
ated successfully
using therapy and/or medication
•   Suicide can be prevented through
education and public awareness

If you know someone thinking about suicide, ask them to talk about it. And get them help. Together you can call 2-1-1 for local support and the crisis hotline.

Welcome Lisa McMiller Harris to the HDB Steering Committee. Lisa was born and raised in the city of Delray Beach. With her passion for working with children and parents, she makes a difference in our community through her homegrown organization, Golden Parents Inc.  She and her husband, Bo Harris, are also proud business owners of UpperCutz Barber Shop and Salon in the The Set.  In the last year, Lisa was awarded a grant from HDB Build Our Blocks for "Cutz and Conversation" - community talks in the barber shop around topics of mental health.
Keep reading for more event details. 

If you or someone you know is in need of help,
for local support call 

In the event of an emergency call 
911 immediately.


It's that time of the year again. With a new school year, comes busy teens spreading mental health awareness through Teen Life in HDb - in the Delray Beach schools and throughout the community. 
We are excited to see where the new Teen Life in HDb Presidents, Stevencia and Lurry, lead us and what amazing ideas the Teen Life crew come up with this year.


Important to HDB is providing access and resources for families in the Delray Beach community.  Removing the barriers to behavioral heath services is vital to creating a healthier and more aware community. Thank you to Atlantic Community High School for allowing Healthier Delray Beach and partners to come to your Open House to share information and get your feedback about your needs.
Catch us on September 20th at Village Academy for their Open House.


Partner Spotlight 

HDB supports our partners doing great work in Delray Beach...EJS Project is hosting student-led community conversations utilizing Restorative Practices to engage in meaningful dialogue around race equity, leadership, and positive impact strategies. These community conversations are held on the last Saturday of each month and will remain a venue for equity discussions in the Delray Beach community. So far, EJS Project has hosted 20 student-led restorative circles.  Great work!

Community Capacity Building 

Event Spotlight 

Cutz and Conversation:

Bo and Lisa Harris, owners of UpperCutz Barbershop & Salon created a comfortable environment to discuss everyday challenges. - Reminding us that it is okay to talk about it.

What the community is saying about Cutz & Conversation. . .
-We need this everyday, it makes a difference in our lives!
-This is a wonderful service you're providing for the community!
-Thank you for opening your place for us to come and seek

If you missed the first one, you don't want to miss the next! They will be at it again on September 27th at 6pm.  Join the community for a great conversation.

Get Involved!

How You Ask? Join a HDB Workgroup! 
  • Community Engagement - Invites neighbors and plans events to encourage the community to connect.
  • Awareness -  Shares information with the community about behavioral health. 
  • Programs and Practices - Works with local partners to increase access to high quality care.
  • Governance and Sustainability - Supports HDB efforts to be accountable to the community for years to come.

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