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The Cape Cod Foundation to Present a Virtual Community Forum on Mental and Behavioral Health Across Cape Cod

SOUTH YARMOUTH – The Cape Cod Foundation will present a virtual community forum, “Mental and Behavioral Health Across Cape Cod”, on Thursday, June 17, from 9:30 am-10:30 am. It is the third in a series of forums planned for 2021 to share information about the region’s current needs, re-sources, and opportunities for community engagement with a larger audience.

The forum is sponsored by RogersGray, a company that places a high value on the mental wellbeing of their own team members with employee assistance programs (EAP) and mental health counseling for employees.

“For many, social isolation, feelings of uncertainty, emotional and physical loss, and the inability to access care have increased over the past year due to the pandemic,” said Kristin O’Malley, Presi-dent and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation. “In addition, unemployment, loss of housing, and food insecurity have added to the psychological burden of residents across every age and demographic, especially our most vulnerable populations.”

O’Malley said this forum will focus on how nonprofit organizations providing critical services in the areas of mental and behavioral health have been impacted and what challenges lie ahead.

The presenters who will join O’Malley for the forum are Allie Anderson, Chief Clinical Officer of Gos-nold, Inc.; Karen Gardner, Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Center of Cape Cod; and Cindy Horgan, Executive Director of Cape Cod Children’s Place.

“We asked leaders from nonprofit organizations serving different segments of the community to join us so participants can gain a broad perspective of the social and emotional challenges facing so many in our community. Federal and state relief funding has been allocated to support enhanced ca-pacity for mental and behavioral health services. Creating opportunities for our community to come together and discuss the challenges, along with regional and cross-silo solutions to meet the diverse needs, will be essential as we move forward,” O’Malley added.

The forum is free and open to all. It will also be recorded to share after the event. Register at to attend or to receive a link to the recording. A link to recordings of the Foundation’s first two forums about food security and access and housing and homelessness are al-so available on the website. Upcoming forums will address education and other key issues.

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