During the event, presenters and organizations come together to raise awareness and to break the silence about mental illness. The RGV Mental Health Fair aims to be an example of how a community can speak up about mental health. It can also stop the stigma that often surrounds the topic.
Speakers for the event include Precinct 2 County Commissioner Eduardo Cantu and Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez. Shawn Elliot Russell, author of Be Still, Little Tree, Be Stillwill also speak. Shawn and Tanya Moes, parents of a child living with a mental illness, and Maelia Salcines, Miss Rio Grande Valley USA, will also share their experiences. Masters of ceremonies are McAllen ISD students Andrea and Alejandra Tamez.
Some of the agencies, organizations, and providers that will be present as we break the silence are: Texans Recovering Together, Edinburg Vision Center, Nuestra Clinica Del Valle, McAllen Moms Demand Action, South Texas Counseling Agency, South Texas Alliance Mentorship and Pride, Connections Ministries RGV, South Texas Health Systems, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mujeres Unidas, Hidalgo County’s Victims Unit, and Hope Family Health Center.