Combating Mental Health as a Community Crisis

What can we do to contribute to the mental health community in each of these levels? 

1.     Individual:

–       Habitat for Humanity: Volunteer 

–       Books: Why Emotions Matter, The Teenage Brain, The Body Keeps the Score

–       Awareness on personal social media

–       Inform others 

–       NAMI Multnomah County social medias and website awareness 

–       ReThink Mental Illness socials

2.     Microsystem/Mesosystem:

–       Trainings for teachers & parents

–       Red flag behavior

–       Mandatory reporting training

–       Educators conversation

–       Our City Cares – WA

–       September: Suicide Prevention Month 

–       Facts and common myths

–       Trauma-informed community 

–       Medical insurance coverage within workplace 

3.     Exosystem:

–       Neighbor wellness check 

–       Concrete academic research 

–       Credible knowledge of mental illness impact 

–       NAMI Multnomah County 

–       County intervention and awareness 

4.     Macrosystem:

–       NIMH – National Institute for Mental Health 

–       NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Health

–       Free services 

–       Because People Matter – PDX 

–       Housing First 

–       Decrease stereotypes/bias on those in criminal justice system

–       Crisis intervention teams

–       Competency Restoration Alternative Programs 

5.     Chronosystem:

–       Mandated mental health services in Medicare (1996)

–       “Decade of the Brain” (1990)

–       Mental Health Parity Act (1996) 

–       Understanding impacts of transitions (parents divorce, moving, trauma)

–       Facilitate change as a country 

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