One in four people will experience mental health challenges in their lifetime. That means mental health touches every single one of us, be it friends, family or yourself.
It's important to know that having a mental health challenge is part of your whole health package. With the right help, people can and do recover.
Talking about mental health can make people uncomfortable, and misconceptions about mental illness lead to discrimination toward people with anxiety, depression, or other ailments.
This is stigma.
People who experience stigma suffer from a loss of self-esteem, self-efficacy and hope. Stigma keeps people from seeking the help they need when they need it.
We are working hard to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. We strive to create an environment where people feel comfortable talking about their mental health and where people can seek help with a sense of hope toward feeling better.
Nominate your Super Heart Hero!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we will honor local superheroes for their contributions to behavioral health that promote hope, healing and recovery. Applications being accepted online through April 30. The awards will be presented to local heroes on Thursday, May 30.
We are accepting nominees in the following categories:
- The Super Heart Ambassador Award recognizes an individual, family or small group who has raised awareness of behavioral health issues, initiated projects with a lasting impact, and/or influenced systems or policy changes.
- The Super Heart Partner Award recognizes an organization, business or institution that has implemented innovative behavioral health programs and/or policies that positively affect the emotional well being of employees and the greater community.
- The Super Heart Neighbor Award recognizes a unique individual or family who promotes hope and healing through ordinary acts of kindness and compassion.
- The Super Heart Employee Award recognizes an exemplary Clackamas County staff member who goes above and beyond, leading with their heart to make a difference in behavioral health.
Take a training
Do you know how to recognize the warning signs of someone in a mental or emotional health crisis? Learn the early warning signs and how to connect a person to resources and support that can help. Sign up for Mental Health First Aid and other trainings by visiting http://gettrainedtohelp.com.