MHA Staff & Board
October 23rd, 2020
Mental Health Matters
There is Hope 2020 The Warner Family and Friends walking in memory of Nicole Warner.
Greetings MHA Family,
Happy Fall! As we prepare for the changing season, we continue to highlight the ever-growing need for mental health conversations. COVID-19 continues to shed light on challenges in our world, and outside the devastating effects on physical health, shines the toll on mental health. Using this pandemic as a platform to discuss our mental well-being should be capitalized. Our county data reflects a 200% increase in our mental health screens since safer at home occurred. Our resources and referrals are overwhelmed by corporations and small businesses asking how to support their employees. We are continually evolving our programming and resources to meet the needs. We are in gratitude that our community is reaching out for support.
Last year, our county experienced the second-highest number of suicides in any given year. This September, our community honored the 15th annual There is Hope fundraiser with a record number of walkers. We can't do this work alone, and we appreciate each of you supporting the cause. A special acknowledgment to Doug and Kristi Luecke, who developed the walk 15 years ago in memory of their son, Nic. We thank you for your words and dedication to eliminating suicide. Don't miss the Opening Ceremony Video. Now more than ever, each of us must take the time to check in with each other and ask the questions that may be needed if someone is not themselves.
If you don't know how to ask these questions, but you feel they need to be asked, find someone who can ask the questions, or call MHA!
You are not alone. We are in this together. If you need reminders on how to be kind to yourself, go to MHA YouTube and click on any self-care videos. If you need resources, call us or go to the Community Resource Directory or our Therapist Directory.
I am always available if you want to connect and reflect on any matters in our community. The silver lining in this pandemic has been the incredible individuals I have met over the last eight months. Your stories and resiliency inspire me each day. I am humbled by your transparency through your grief, loss, and strength to move the needle forward with mental wellness. I am sending healing thoughts as we move forward each day.
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