Miami Lakes Mental Health Task Force Plans September Event

The Miami Lakes Mental Health Task Force convened recently to address numerous initiatives, with a primary focus on the planning and budgeting for an upcoming mental health walk event scheduled for September 21st at Veterans Park. The meeting saw the task force members deliberate over a considerable budget proposal, sponsorship strategies, and logistical considerations for the event intended to raise awareness and provide resources for mental health.

Central to the discussions of the meeting was the September mental health walk, which garnered attention due to its scale and potential impact. The event’s planning involved detailed considerations of location, sponsorships, and community involvement. Members discussed the possibility of establishing a subcommittee to oversee the event’s organization and confirmed the securing of Veterans Park and the Mary Collins building for the walk. The conversation also touched on the availability of exercise instructors and the involvement of local health professionals to provide support during the event.

The task force also debated the financial aspects of the September event, proposing a budget of $12,500. This budget included provisions for police presence and medical personnel, acknowledging the necessity of ensuring participant safety. The discussion extended to the feasibility of a walk between Miami Lakes and Hialeah, with cost estimates ranging from $20,000 to $30,000, highlighting the ambition of the task force to engage a broader community.

Sponsorship was another significant topic, as the task force delved into the specifics of creating a sponsorship package for the 5K race component of the event. The potential inclusion of sponsored items, such as banners, water bottles, and flyers, was debated, with particular attention to whether sponsors would prefer their logos displayed on these materials. The task force recognized the importance of securing sponsorships to cover costs and made plans to convene a special call meeting to further discuss sponsorship agreements and budgetary requirements.


In addition to the September event, the task force discussed the upcoming May mental health event at the farmers market. A motion was made to request a budget of $2,500, which received unanimous support. The task force members considered the logistics of the fair, including securing a tent, chairs, and a table, and discussed the potential use of town funds for the event. They also explored the possibility of sponsorships and other funding opportunities to ensure the event’s success.

Furthermore, the task force welcomed new participants, including representatives from Baptist Health and the community health team, who introduced their work in mental health education and events. A cybersecurity educator also introduced himself.

In the realm of digital resources, the task force tackled the addition of a mental health check-in checklist to their website, which spurred a debate over the inclusion of a point system and a disclaimer. Members discussed the need to ensure the website provided valuable resources and was updated with banners and other informative materials. They also considered adding a dedicated mental health phone number to assist the community further.


The task force addressed the administrative tasks of adopting the previous meeting’s minutes, with mentions of amending the security form intent for future meetings and updating certain names. They also reiterated the importance of submitting minutes and event details promptly to circumvent delays.

As the meeting concluded, the members contemplated the potential for a mental health workshop with a proposed budget of $500. They also discussed the costs associated with producing banners, estimating between $2,740 to $3,300, to ensure visibility and outreach for their initiatives.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

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