‘Breaking the Silence’ feature in Danville Living

December 4, 2022

‘Breaking the Silence’ feature in Danville Living

On Wednesday, November 2nd at the Blackhawk Country Club, the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Three Valleys Community Foundation, launched a special philanthropic event to address mental health and wellness challenges for youth in the greater Danville/San Ramon Valley region. Over 200 people attended the inaugural event hosted by Master of Ceremonies Paige Meyer, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Chief & Danville Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member.

Breaking the Silence –Reinforcing Our Commitment to Youth Mental Health was designed to shine a spotlight on youth mental health services in the area. While our region thrives in a myriad of areas, there are hidden challenges, such as an unhealthy focus on social media, vaping, as well as post-pandemic mental health issues that include anxiety, stress, isolation and depression leave our youth among the most vulnerable. Four local agencies were recognized for their the services they provide to the youth and community at large. This included Discovery Counseling Center, Evolve Treatment Centers and National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse and Community Presbyterian Church (CPC) Counseling Center,

“The Danville Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to support our youth and families by raising funds to shine a spotlight on youth mental health support and services. Our youth are our future, and we are care deeply about their health and wellness. With the generous support of businesses and individuals, our community will step up to break the silence –reinforcing our commitment to youth mental health and recovery. The Danville Area Chamber of Commerce desires to foster a vibrant, inclusive, and innovative economy. But to truly be sustainable, our community must also be healthy,” says Judy B. Lloyd, President and CEO of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks to a commitment by the 2022 Board of Directors, the Danville Area Chamber hopes to begin this process via the Youth Mental Health Outreach Initiative. Grantmaking to nonprofit organizations addressing these local issues in the Greater Danville Area and San Ramon Valley will begin in 2023. Breaking the Silence was a wonderful way to get the process started.