Reynoldsburg News

Parks and recreation

The Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with Kiddie Academy of Reynoldsburg to host the city's first community conversation about mental health.

The meeting, a collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Franklin County (NAMI), will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Kiddie Academy, 6411 E. Main St.

Academy co-owner Carol Haynes said the community conversations work toward solutions to improve mental health and mental health care systems.

She said the goal is to talk about mental health in a safe and welcoming environment and to recommend priority strategies and actions to improve the lives of those living with mental health issues -- especially among returning war veterans, youth and young adults.

Haynes said the Oct. 23 meeting is a part of a national effort to help communities move beyond stereotypes and stigmas and toward solutions.

More information is available on the NAMI website at or by calling Rachelle Martin from NAMI of Franklin County, at 614-501-6264.

- Pamela Willis