On May 8, 2018, Broward County’s Board of Commissioners recognized May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Many agencies and organizations gathered at the Broward County Government Center to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and make a stand in the fight against stigma towards people living with mental health illnesses.

Commissioner Steve Geller presented the proclamation for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day to Soraya Papayoute on behalf of One Community Partnership 2.

Soraya Papayoute provides peer-support to young people in the community and currently works at South Florida Wellness Network, a peer-run organization. Soraya is a mental health advocate of Haitian heritage and dedicates her time to supporting young adults with mental health challenges.