Challenges, gaps and obstacles to mental health services in the Capital region will be the topic of a community mental health education event on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The session, “Meeting the Mental Health Challenges in our Community NOW!”, will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The free session is co-sponsored by the Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge, the LSU School of Social Work, the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s office and Capital Area Human Services.

“We want to create broad community awareness on the mental health needs in our community. Today we face many challenges in access to critical services and mental health care. We hope bringing key stakeholders together will create a push to support and affect change,” said Melissa Silva, executive director of the MHA.

The meeting is limited to 275 participants. Register at or call (225) 929-7674, Ext. 102.