Talkable Communities Website Launches to Provide Free Mental Health Training Courses to Northeast Florida Residents

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This article appeared in the Fernandina Observer on March 8, 2022. See the article here.

Yulee, Fla: Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare today announced the launch of the Talkable Communities Website. This milestone is a major move for the Talkable Communities partnership between Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare, Clay Behavioral Health Center, Child Guidance Center, EPIC Behavioral Healthcare, and Gateway – Steps to Recovery.

“This website has been in development for months,” says Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare. “Now that it has launched, Northeast Florida residents will be able to visit the site, sign up and attend a free mental health training in their local community. This was our vision for Talkable Communities – making mental health training courses easily accessible to the residents of Northeast Florida with the goal of advancing mental well-being for children and families. It’s so exciting to see it come to life.”

– Laureen Pagel, CEO, Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare

While the main goal of the site is to have visitors register for one of the mental health training courses, visitors can also compare county suicide data to the state of Florida average, learn more about each of the partnering organizations, read the origin story of Talkable Communities, watch exciting videos, and much more.

To learn more, please visit

About Talkable Communities

Talkable Communities is a project funded by the Florida Blue Foundation and a partnership between five nonprofit behavioral healthcare organizations (Clay Behavioral Health Center, Child Guidance Center, EPIC Behavioral Healthcare, Gateway – Steps to Recovery, and Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare). The project advances mental well-being for children and families across six counties in Northeast Florida (Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties) by providing free and accessible mental health resources and training courses (It’s Time to Talk about it!, Question. Persuade. Refer., and Youth Mental Health First Aid). For more information, please visit

About Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 3,000 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 29 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit


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