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First Behavioral Health Fair planned for Jamestown

The Jamestown Behavioral Health Coalition just formed in the last few weeks and is already taking on a public awareness project, according to Stacey Hunt, licensed clinical psychologist at South Central Human Service Center and a coalition member.

The coalition is made up of mental health professionals in the area and is hosting the first Jamestown Behavioral Health Fair from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Hansen Arts Park.

"We have several things planned," Hunt said. "We have live music, alcohol and tobacco prevention resources and treatment providers will have booths."

Presenters will talk about what it looks like when you are in recovery. One of the featured speakers is Adam Martin, founder of the F5 Project in Fargo. Martin is a former inmate who operates the project to help coordinate services so people who are released from prison for drug crimes do not reoffend.

"It is made of people with lived experiences who are in the business of helping convicted felons get back on their feet after release," Hunt said. "They talk about things like sober living facilities which are a big issue in Jamestown."

Hunt said often people go through treatment and possibly jail and then end up going back to where they got into trouble originally.

The Jamestown Behavioral Health Fair is a first of its kind event for Jamestown, Hunt said. Mental health providers will have tables and booths to talk with people about treatment options. The event also includes a craft table for the kids and concessions served by the Boy Scouts. The fair also features live entertainment from the band Old Friends and singers Dave and Maggie Oakland, as well as food trucks.

"Come on out and check out what is available," Hunt said. "Hopefully it doesn't rain."

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