Mental Health Collaborative

Brett Hall (left), executive director of the Mental Health Collaborative, Sharon L’Herrou (center), president/CEO, 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Michael Williams (right), Master of Ceremonies, WPTV New Channel 5 anchor.

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Four Indian River County non-profit organizations were honored at 211 HelpLine’s 2019 Jewels of the Treasure Coast luncheon, held May 23 at the Santa Lucie River Club in Port St. Lucie.

The 211 HelpLine is operated by 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that trains staff to assist callers with crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and referrals to community services.

The organization’s 2019 Jewels of the Treasure Coast Non-Profit Awards recognized winners from 55 nominees in 11 categories.

Suncoast Mental Health Center was honored as Indian River County Organization of the Year.

For The Love Of Paws in Fellsmere won for Animal Welfare Organization of the Year.

Nancy McCurry of the Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County, was chosen Fundraiser of the Year.

The Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River County was selected as Rising Star of the Year.

Other winners were from Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties.

Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River County Executive Director Brett Hall credited the 2016 opening of that organization’s McCabe Connections Center for increasing the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.

The McCabe Connections Center helps residents access mental health and substance abuse services, including financial and clinical screenings to determine the services needed.

“We have some of the best biopsychosocial services available right here in Indian River County, but it’s often difficult for people in distress to navigate the system and access the right care the first time,” said Mr. Hall.

“Because we screen individuals based on criteria given to us from mental health providers, there is a higher rate of success for referrals that come through the McCabe Connections Center,” Mr. Hall said. “This not only makes the mental health care system more efficient, but it also relieves a great burden for people with an emerging mental health crisis.”

The 211 dialing code was designated by the Federal Communications Commission in 2000 as the number to dial for community information and referral services. The Treasure Coast service was set up in 2003.

Anyone can call 211 for referral to community services or simply to talk about a problem. Callers can be single parents trying to make it on their own, parents of children with behavior problems, adult children concerned about aging parents, elderly adults trying to retain their independence, or teens struggling with adolescence.

Callers can be dealing with depression or financial issues. Callers are also teachers, social workers, and nurses.

To reach 211 HelpLine, call 2-1-1, or (866) 882-2991. To text, available 24 hours, every day, text your zip code to 898211. For online chat, available 10 a.m.-8 p.m. every day, visit

For more information about 211HelpLine, visit

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