Franklin Mayor Ken Moore was nominated by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for its Tennessee Hero recognition on June 3.

According to a social media post from the TDMHSAS, Moore was nominated for his work in launching Find Hope Franklin and his initiatives in involving mental health and wellness in the Franklin community.

"The behavioral health community salutes Mayor Moore for his city-wide initiative, a model for other municipalities,” the nomination reads. “Find Hope Franklin started as a blue ribbon panel to examine issues surrounding students’ mental health and suicides at the Natchez Trace Bridge, among other mental health issues. Mayor Moore brought together clinics, hospitals, counseling centers, advocacy agencies, city and county health officials and others."

Moore announced the launch of Find Hope Franklin on April 28. The initiative seeks to connect those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues with an online directory of local, statewide and national resources so they can find the help they need.

“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 said in an April 28 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.”

Those looking to learn more about Find Hope Franklin or connect with resources to help their mental health or struggles with substance abuse can find more information here.