It's Okay to Not be Okay Virtual Town Hall

Updated: Jul 22

Join us, July 24th from 5-6:15pm as we discuss the mental health impact of COVID-19 on Bastrop County residents. REGISTER HERE

It’s Okay to Not be Okay is a virtual town hall aimed at supporting Bastrop County community members during this time of uncertainty. This event is an opportunity for all to come together as we hear stories of struggle, moments of healing and resources to overcome current experiences related to the new realities of our lives.

During this town hall, you will learn:

· Basic strategies for continued wellbeing

· Who to call for mental health support in Bastrop County

· Ways to communicate with youth about their mental health needs

· It’s okay and normal to experience mental health struggles, especially during COVID-19

Here are the local panelists that we have scheduled to lead this conversation:

Marcos Garcia, BSW is a Peer Service Coordinator for Bluebonnet Trails and Military Veteran Peer Network. A natural leader, Marcos served honorably in the United States Marine Corps for 8 years. He graduated from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social work.

Now, Marcos is a Qualified Mental Health Professional who focuses on helping veterans connect with community resources. Through peer counseling, he leads by example and builds relationships with veterans over lived experience in substance and mental health recovery. Marcos gives practical tools to make complex ideas more accessible and relatable. He is passionate about helping veterans and their families be successful and live their best lives.

Krystal Grimes MS, LPC-I is a local Mental Health Advocate and Resilience Expert. Krystal has focused her efforts to serve her community through equity, trauma-informed care practices, empowerment and resilience. Currently serving as the Director of Inclusion and Resilience for Bastrop County Cares, Krystal has positioned herself as a local convener and facilitator for healing and diversity initiatives, helping to create inclusive spaces for dialogue and innovation. She leads the Resilient Bastrop County Initiative and sits on several boards for the Bastrop County community. Krystal is certified in Trauma Focused-CBT, Trust-Based Relational Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Care.

Norma Mercado, MSW BISD Homeless & Foster Care Liaison, has a passion for advocating for at-risk children and youth. With over 18 years of experience working in the educational setting, Norma Mercado completed her Masters In Social Work at Texas State University. Norma's personal experience with homelesness, teen pregnancy, and poverty fuels her passion to help others overcome barriers. Norma's tireless efforts have been instrumental in the coordination of wraparound services now being offered at the BISD Family Resource Center, which includes a health clinic, clothes closet, Adult ESL/GED classes, mental health services, utility assistance, and social services.

Kathleen Moore LPC-S, is a highly competent psychotherapist with over 15 years of counseling experience. Talent for managing cognitive therapy and trauma therapy interventions with a Mind / Body / Spirit approach. Perspective and treatment philosophy reflects “give your life commitment, control and hope”. Passionate about providing and ensuring quality care to improve the lives of individuals. Her work at Lone Star Circle of Care follows their vision to eliminate health inequalities and strengthen the community. Possess a collaborative and positive team contributor approach and work ethic . She is a strong community advocate as co-chair of the Early Childhood Coalition and Member of the Resilient Bastrop County Initiative with Bastrop County Cares .

Deborah Hart Roberson, MA, NCC, LPC is a Texas licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor. A former resident of Smithville, she is dedicated to Bastrop county, and continues to provide counseling services to residents of Bastrop county through her company, Thriveworks Coaching and Counseling. Her specialty is in the field of career coaching and counselor and she employs experienced clinicians to help clients of all ages with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, parenting issues and more. Her team is working remotely during COVID and are here to help. We accept all major insurance payors, including Medicaid and Medicare. Read more about the Bastrop area clinicians here:


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