Goal #11

Develop and participate in programs to improve mental and physical health

1. Conduct a town hall meeting to provide community education on mental health resources and assistance programs | Fire Department | Start FY 2021 Q2 | Complete FY 2021 Q2

2. Work with a mental health service provider to provide education sessions for DeSoto residents | City Manager’s Office | Start FY 2021 Q1 | Complete FY 2021 Q2

3. Develop a 2021 community calendar focused on events and opportunities designed to improve mental and physical health | Parks Department | Start FY 2021 Q1 | Complete FY 2021 Q1


4th Quarter Update
September 2021

In Q4, the City hosted the DeSoto H.O.P.E (Healing Opportunities for Personal Empowerment) Workshop with nationally renowned clinical psychologist, Dr. Gloria Morrow, as the key note speaker. The workshop also featured five simultaneous breakout sessions along with a variety of vendors offering various services such as caregiver mental health, tools for anger management, and noticing signs of suicide in children and young adults. Additionally, DeSoto residents, especially seniors, continued to enjoy virtual programing through the Parks & Recreation Department and City Manager’s Office. This goal has been completed for FY 2021.

3rd Quarter Update
July 2021

The Mental Health Town Hall was conducted on March 8, and a Mental Health Fair is scheduled for September 30 in the Bluebonnet Rooms at Town Center. Dallas Behavioral Health, the DeSoto CARES Team, and DeSoto ISD Counseling have all agreed to participate. Staff is currently working to identify and retain a guest speaker. DeSoto residents, especially seniors, continue to enjoy the Virtual Programing (Calming Room), Mindfulness Mondays (second Monday of the month), Work It Wednesdays ( first Wednesday of the Month), and Fix It Friday (third Friday of the Month).