ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Technical College hosted a mental health forum Wednesday.
The purpose was to let the community know that there are resources available in the community to help with mental illness.
They partnered with community experts to share personal stories and ways to get help.
Regina Watts, a special needs coordinator at the school, talked about the importance of mental health and getting rid of the stigma that surrounds it, especially in the wake of the recent school shootings.
Her overall message: The sooner you address issues, the better your outcome will be.
She says it's about being comfortable with the issues you or a family member may have.
"If something is hurting us, we need to tend to it. We don't need to put it on the back burner. Statistics have shown that it's only going to get worse and create additional problems. And I believe that's the beginning stages of how the shootings can stop," she added.
This is a part of honoring mental health awareness month in May.
If you would like additional information, you can contact Regina Watts HERE.