Mayor to Host Conversation on Mental Health and Addiction


In an effort to connect people with resources and address the issues of mental health and addiction in our communities, Renown Health is joining the mayor for an upcoming conversation on mental health and addiction.

Many adults and youth in the Silver State struggle with mental health and addiction, yet Nevada ranks last in the nation for handling mental health challenges, according to Mental Health America‚Äôs 2016 State of Mental Health report.

To address this disparity, Renown Health is joining a number of health organizations at an event hosted by Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve to help continue the conversation and connect the community with resources they may need. The Mayor of Reno’s Conversation on Mental Health and Addiction will be Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at Washoe County Commission Chambers, 1001 E. Ninth Street, Building A, Reno.


The public event will bring Nevada residents together with a panel of local behavioral health experts for a two-day summit featuring an open and honest conversation about residents’ needs and the resources available in the Truckee Meadows.

In formal presentations and a panel discussion, behavioral care providers will walk through frequently asked questions such as when to seek help for yourself or a loved one as well as the resources available in Reno-Sparks. Among the panelists and key speakers is Kristen Davis-Coelho, PhD, administrator for the Behavioral Health and Addiction Institute at Renown. She will give a presentation called “Mental Illness and Addiction: What They Are and Why They Matter.”

On the second day of the event, Friday, Oct. 20, local business and community leaders will attend to learn how they can connect their employees and constituents with community resources in the future.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP online. The public event will also be streamed live online at for people to watch remotely.