Franklin Mayor Ken Moore launches online initiative to assist with mental health, substance abuse

Find Hope Franklin aims to match residents with local mental health resources. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Find Hope Franklin aims to match residents with local mental health resources. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Find Hope Franklin aims to match residents with local mental health resources. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore announced April 28 the launch of Find Hope Franklin, a new initiative to help residents in Franklin and Williamson County who may be struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues.

Find Hope Franklin, an online directory of local resources, aims to help match individuals with immediate assistance near them, according to a release.

Moore announced the launch of the program during a Breakfast with the Mayors event hosted by Franklin Tomorrow, citing increased concerns of mental health disorders and domestic abuse while residents are isolated in their homes due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus in the region.

“Many in our community have become increasingly concerned about the rise in suicide attempts, substance use and other issues related to the mental health in our area,” Moore in a statement. “We formed a task force in August consisting of experts in their respective fields ranging from counselors to health care to schools to create both short-term and longer-term programs to provide resources for those in need.”

Find Hope Franklin was formed with the help of local experts and organizations, such as The Refuge Center for Counseling, Nurture House, Williamson Medical Center and more.

“As our group met, it became increasingly apparent that there is an abundance of resources in our community as well as nationally. However, they were not condensed in one place, and it was difficult to navigate to find what you needed,” Moore said. “Our goal was to create a site that would be an easy place to start. This includes listing many of the expert resources we have in our community, many of which offer services on a sliding scale, while also providing quick references to crisis lines, websites and other resources categorized by topic.”

In addition to local resources, the website also features a link labeled "Find Help Now," which will direct users to 24/7 crisis phone and text lines.

To learn more about Find Hope Franklin, visit the website here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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