Lane County Public Health wants to make sure people know about mental health resources that are available.
Overall, 33 percent of Oregon adults report poor mental health. In Lane County in 2005 and 2006, 20 percent of adults experience serious psychological distress. Lane County Public Health leaders say you shouldn’t be ashamed to reach out for help if you need it.
“Whatever the mental health they might be experiencing and they’re going, ‘Well, this is a sign of weakness,’ and it really isn’t. It affects all of us. Our mental health is an important part of our total health,” said Sandy Moses, Community Health Analyst.
Moses says it’s important to break those stigmas so people aren’t feeling labeled.