Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 7-13, 2012
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) takes place October 7-13 and is an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Mental illnesses are medical illnesses. One in four adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One in 17 lives with serious, chronic illness.
On average, people living with serious mental illness live 25 years less than the rest of the population. One reason is that less than one-third of adults and less than one-half of children with a diagnosed illness receive treatment.
When mental health care isn’t available in a community, the results often are lost jobs and careers, broken families, more homelessness, more welfare and much more expensive costs for hospital emergency rooms, nursing homes, schools, police and even courts, jails and prisons.
Learn more about mental illness support, education and advocacy at www.nami.org.
City of Portland employees have The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and it is a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL counseling service for you and your benefit eligible family members. Examples of how Cascade EAP can help include:
- Personal & Emotional Concerns
- Marital & Family Issues
- Alcohol & Substance Abuse
- Problems at Work
Cascade Employee Assistance Program - 1-800-433-2320
Preventing Suicides in Portland
There is hope in changing suicide statistics. Portland just announced the 503-972-3456 dedicated mental health helpline served by Lines for Life. http://www.mayorsamadams.com/?c=52750&a=411767
24 Hour Crisis Line: 503-988-4888
(Multnomah County Crisis Line)
Information about where to go for Counseling - low cost referral for personal, family, and marriage counseling as well as other mental health resources.
Brief crisis phone counseling (triage) Interpreters available (multilingual)
Project Respond will come to where the person is to make an assessment – if the person appears to need this, call this number and tell them the person is in need of "mobile resources" or "Project Respond"
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide there are two, 24 hour hotlines:
NATIONAL HOPELINE NETWORK (SUICIDE HOTLINE):
Oregon Partnership: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Providence Behavioral Health:
Mental Health Intake: 503-574-9235
Chemical Dependency Intake: 503-574-9200
Cascadia Crisis Walk-in Clinic (7am – 10:00pm)
2415 SE 43rd (& Division)
WASHINGTON COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS LINE:
Clackamas County Mental Health Crisis Line: