“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. But stigma and bias shame us all.” –Bill Clinton
Happy month of May wonderful community members!
We would like to say thank you to all our community agencies and members who participated in our first CVAP Family Carnival and Resource Fair. The event had a great turn out. Thank you to everyone who attended. We are already looking forward to planning it again for next year.
The month of May is national Mental Health Awareness Month. This is an exciting month because it shines a light onto a topic that affects the whole community.
Did you know…
- That a 2015 report by the Washington State Department of Health cited that 37 percent of youth in Cowlitz County reported feeling depressed. Cowlitz County youth depression rates were two percent higher than the state average.
- According to the 2014 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Washington state teens 15-19 years old. The same survey found that 34 percent of Cowlitz County high school seniors reported depressive feelings, 16 percent reported attempting suicide, 13 percent made a suicide plan and 10 percent attempted suicide.
- A 2010 report by Cowlitz on the Move cites that the average rate for Cowlitz County adults suffering from mental illness is at 6.2 percent, which is at least twice as high as the state average of 2.9 percent.
- According to a study published in 2005 in the journal of Archives of General Psychiatry, more than one quarter of adults with severe mental illness had been victims of crime in the past year, a rate more than 11 times higher than general populations. Crime Victim Advocates help all victims of crime and have specialized training focused on working with victims who also battle mental illnesses.
Crime Victim Advocacy Program-CVAP
1330 11th Avenue, Longview, WA
Monday-Friday 9 a.m-5 p.m.
360-703-3762 Afterhours and weekend hotline: 888-288-9221 Shiram@cascadenetworks.net
Stamp Out Stigma
Read below to learn how you can help stamp out stigma around mental illness today!
Take the pledge. Read the above pledge to stamp out stigma and visit www.stampoutstigma.com pledge.html to digitally sign your pledge.
Get educated. Watch a seven minute video about how stigma affects people living with mental illness and how you can take a stand at http://stampoutstigma.com/geteducated.html
Talk about it. Print out the green dot on the next page and share your reason for wanting to talk about mental illness and addiction. Take a picture of your dot and post it to Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #StampOutStigma.