VENICE- Recognizing you need help is hard, but finding the right help can be even harder.  Florida’s First Lady Casey DeSantis is working to improve mental health care across the state, and a day after the state Board of Education voted to require mental health education in schools, she announced a new website to help people find resources.

“What do you do,” DeSantis said. “How do you get meaningful help, because at the end of the day we want to make sure that people who are suffering we give them hope.”

First Lady Casey DeSantis is working with state agencies to launch Hope for Healing Florida, a website that aims to make searching for help less complicated.

“So what we want to do with this is make it very simplistic,” DeSantis said. “So if you’re looking for a specific service, instead of having like the providers name there, why not have the service they’re providing, so you know how to look to find what you need.”

The website will link to services available across state agencies, non-profits and private companies. They will also have staff to help people navigate the services.

“You can find that their might be another need there,” DeSantis said. “You might be seeking treatment for something, but you might actually need something else, and that human component, especially when dealing with mental health and substance abuse is really important.” 

The service will also help agencies coordinate with each other more efficiently.

“It’s about saving lives and letting people know there is hope out there,” DeSantis said. “That they can have a meaningful productive life and a lot of times they just need to know where to look.”

They hope to have the website fully operation in about a month: at hopeforhealingFL.com

 

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