Minds Without Borders to Hold Mental Health Forum Nov. 2 at Eau Gallie High School
By Steve Wilson // November 2, 2023
Thursday Nov. 2 at Eau Gallie High School 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Minds Without Borders, a youth-led organization devoted to promoting mental health issues, will be holding their inaugural Minds Matter event, on Thursday, November 2, in the Eau Gallie High School Auditorium, 1400 Commodore Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32935. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Distinguished panelists attending include:
■ David McMahan – Vice President and Dean of Students, Florida Tech
■ Jennifer Jenkins – Brevard Public School Board Member
■ Freddie Morello, Jr. – NAMIGO, Executive Director
■ Lori Parsons – Lifetime Counseling Center, Director
■ Jonelle Ensign – Monarch Educational and Psychological Services, Owner
■ Thomas Mahle – Palm Point Behavioral Health, CEO
I had the pleasure of speaking recently with two local high school students that are directly involved with Minds Without B0rders, Anjani Sharma, a senior at West Shore Jr/Sr High School, and Emily Qu, a senior at Edgewood Jr/Sr High School.
Sharma told me that Minds Without B0rders is an “international youth-led initiative aiming to help create more mental health resources in schools, colleges, and universities through youth advocacy, activism, and legislation and policies.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Wilson was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and grew up in both New Orleans and Macon, Georgia. He moved to Brevard County in 1984 and retired from local government as the Community Advocate/Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Rockledge in 2018.
Among the awards and accolades Steve has received over the years are 15 + year Rockledge Little League volunteer, Brevard Public School Jefferson Award Recipient, Rockledge High School Raider Booster Award 2001, 2006, City of Rockledge Employee of the Year 2006, Rockledge Kiwanian of the Year 2006-2007, City of Rockledge Quality Public Service Award 2008, 2012, 2017, Rockledge Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 2012-2013, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Sportscasting 2015, Rockledge High School Leadership and Service Award 2016, Central Florida Humanitarian Award 2017, Space Coast Inspiration Award – 2018, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement – 2020 and Ecofest Achievement Award – 2022.
Wilson is especially proud of is chairing two fundraisers in support of pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Merritt Island resident Julie Spurlock that raised over $25,000.00.
He has been a partner, along with Orville Susong, for the past 24 years with the Friday Night Locker Room, a broadcasting team that covers and reports on a wide variety of local events that are of significance to the residents of the Space Coast and beyond. Their mission is to promote youth sports, support first responders and law enforcement personnel, and showcase community and charitable events that are produced by our nonprofit partners in central Florida.
The Friday Night Locker Room has awarded hundreds of sports achievement plaques to Brevard County student-athletes over the years. They have also awarded more than $18,000 in academic scholarships to Brevard County high school seniors.