Mental Health Promotion & Prevention

The goal of Lincoln County's Mental Health Promotion & Prevention program is to improve awareness of mental health in Lincoln County and to remove the stigma surrounding mental health and mental health treatment.

Why is mental health and wellness a priority?  The State of Mental Health in Lincoln County.

Mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”1

  • In Lincoln County, approximately 40% of adults report having poor mental health days.2
  • Lincoln County residents (adults) reported an average of 4.2 poor mental health days over the previous month.3
Why is this important? Poor mental health can have serious consequences and lead to:
  • smoking
  • substance use
  • poor physical health like cardiovascular disease and cancer
  • fatal outcomes like suicide.

 

Adverse Childhood Experiences

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is a term used to describe all types of neglect, abuse, violence, or distressed family environments that children under the age of 18 may experience.
  • Like many other mental health issues, research shows that ACEs have many different effects in people - behaviors, mental health, and physical health that can follow individuals throughout their life.
  • In Oregon, 18% of adults report having four or more ACEs and 64% of adults report having at least one ACE.4
  • See our infographic below on ACEs for more information on ACEs, health outcomes, and more statistics in Lincoln County.

What can we do to improve mental wellness and support our friends, family, and neighbors experiencing mental health issues?

  • Create caring neighborhoods where children are able to play and feel safe.
  • Create nurturing communities that provide social support
  • Create safe and affordable housing.
  • Create better employment opportunities.
  • Create and model positive community values.

SAMHSA: Mental Health in My Community

Sources:

1. World Health Organization. Strengthening Mental Health Promotion. Geneva, World Health Organization (Fact sheet no. 220), 2001.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. 2010-2013.

3. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. County Health Rankings. 2016.

4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. 2013.