This Mental Health Awareness Week (October 2-8, 2022) we work to provide support to our community and acknowledge the ways in which mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about. As an organization focused on health equity and reducing disparities in health research we would like to share some of the data collected on depression and anxiety, as well as a list of resources to access.

After surveying HealthStreet members with two COVID-19 surveys on depression or anxiety, self reported depression or anxiety increased among African American/Black populations from 32.6% to 40.5% during the second survey in 2022. For Other races depression or anxiety increased from 47.2% to 59.1% during the second survey in 2022.

Now more than ever, it is important to be there for one another, and take the steps to safeguard our mental health. 


Mental Health Resources

UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital at Vista (Emergency Walk-in Hours: 24 hours/day, 7 days/week)

(352) 265-5481 [Toll Free: 888-391-7181]

4101 NW 89th Blvd

Gainesville, FL 32606

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Dial 988 from any phone; Or call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); Or online chat:

National Suicide Hotline: Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433); Or online chat:

Alachua County Crisis Center: 352-264-6789

Alachua County Sexual Assault Helpline
: Call 352-264-6760 or
1-866-252-5439 (toll free)

Nacional de Prevencion del Suicidio
(en espanol): 1-888-628-9454 (toll free)


Upcoming Our Community Our Health Town Hall in partnership with UC Davis Health, and the Program to Alleviate National Disparities in Ethnic and Minority Immunizations in the Community (PANDEMIC)

We invite you to join us Tuesday, October 11, 2022 for an informative and interactive Our Community Our Health Town Hall in partnership with the UC Davis Health, and the Program to Alleviate National Disparities in Ethnic and Minority Immunizations in the Community (PANDEMIC). Listen to experts discuss the topic: Our Children's Mental Health: COVID's Deeper Impact, and get your questions answered.

Register here.


UF HealthStreet's 5th Annual Night of Dance Rescheduled to October 15, 2022 due to Hurricane Ian

About: The UF HealthStreet 5th Annual Night of Dance event has been rescheduled to October 15, 2022 due to Hurricane Ian. Please join us for over 25 local partners, food vendors, dance performers, and family friendly fun! This FREE event will share with the community ways to improve health, while also creatively engaging people through dance and music!


Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022

Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Bo Diddley Plaza |111 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

For more information please contact us at:


Upcoming Our Community Our Health Town Hall in Collaboration with United to Beat Malaria

In 2022, a child dies nearly every minute from malaria, a preventable and treatable disease. But what can Americans do about it? Join United to Beat Malaria and UF HealthStreet for a Town Hall style panel discussion among volunteer advocates and professionals in the field of malaria advocacy. Panelists will discuss the critical role the United States plays in the fight to end malaria and the importance of community voices advocating in support of life-saving global malaria programs, including what community members can do to get involved in this winnable fight. United to Beat Malaria is the world’s largest grassroots campaign working together to save lives by bringing together UN partners, advocates, and organizations, to raise awareness, funds, and voices to protect vulnerable families from malaria.  Learn more and join the fight at 

Wendy Dimas, Senior Officer, Grassroots Advocacy, United to Beat Malaria 

Bridget Dotson, Associate, New Member Outreach, United Nations Foundation 

Malaria Champion from Florida (To Be Confirmed) 


Margaret McDonnell, Executive Director, United to Beat Malaria

Register here.


Gainesville Out of the Darkness Community Walk

The Gainesville Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our community and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives.


Date: Saturday, November 5th, 2022

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Santa Fe College NW Campus 3000 NW 83 St, Gainesville, FL 32606

Research Study Opportunities

Below are a few studies that you can participate in now:

If you are interested in hearing about these or other studies, please contact our Study Navigator, Sara Marsh, at


Community Health Workers

Would you like to join our team?

We are hiring people from our community who want to work with us to improve the health of their neighbors and friends. Does this sound like you? If so, we want to talk to you! Apply here.

HealthStreet Event Calendar

HealthStreet hosts a variety of services, community health worker events, classes, and support groups! Check out our calendar.



NARCAN® Nasal Spray may counteract the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose. Since most accidental overdoses occur in a home setting, it was developed for family, friends, and caregivers - with no medical training required.

HealthStreet has partnered with Florida Department of Children and Families to distribute NARCAN® in our community. Call 352-294-4880 today to get your own NARCAN® Nasal Spray.


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