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A Bigger Look at Child Abuse in Central Oregon [bendbulletin.com]

By Kyle Spurr, The Bulletin, September 21, 2019 A recent child abuse conviction and a current trial have highlighted how tragic abuse can become. One case allegedly resulted in a 5-year-old girl starving to death. The other abuse case left a 2-year-old boy permanently injured. While those extreme examples are relatively rare in the region, child welfare officials say the problem is prevalent in many ways. Child abuse cases often involve physical and sexual abuse, neglect and exposure to...
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Frederick Douglas, "It's easier to build a strong child than repair broken men."

Michael J Polacek ·
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention holds annual community walks to raise awareness about suicide and to destroy the stigma behind mental health. What if prisons and jails could be places of healing and preparation for inmates to return to society and contribute as productive citizens? No other state addresses the inmates and correctional officers in this way and they conducted not one, but 6 Out of Darkness Walks in Oregon prisons. Suicide is the result of deeper issues and...
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Oregon Suicide Deaths for 2018 Continue to Rise

Michael J Polacek ·
Despite the many efforts to control suicide, there is little evidence that our approach is working. The lack of effective community consilience may be the missing link. To list just a few, The Self-Healing Community Model , Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) and the Resilient Community Model have been validated as offering that efficacy. Recently there was a conference sponsored by the Catholic Community Services introducing the Strong Families Resilient Neighborhoods...
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Listening, Learning and Showing Up: Central Oregon's TRACEs Focuses on Root Causes of Trauma

Anndee Hochman ·
TRACEs’ work group on youth and children in foster care spent a good portion of the last year’s monthly meetings examining holes in the system: How would foster families be affected by changes in funding from the Oregon Department of Human Services? What would it mean for kids if Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) positions were cut? Most important, what did foster children and youth, their families of origin and their foster families need in order to thrive? “We put together a...
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The Oregon Health Forum Presents: Saving Oregon’s Ailing Mental Health System

Ruthy Lindvall ·
Oregon ranks 50 th in the nation for access to behavioral health care! Total inpatient capacity is 1/3 of the recommended per capita level & there are only 20 active adolescent beds in Oregon. The Oregon Health Forum shared a panel that highlights ways in which we can save Oregon’s ailing mental health system. Hear from community leaders including; Senator Arnie Roblan, Steve Allen, Behavioral Health Direction from the Oregon Health Authority, Dr. Chandragiri, Salem-Keizer School Board...
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Eugene, OR's Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Street Program

Ruthy Lindvall ·
Eugene, OR: CAHOOTS 32 years ago the City of Eugene, Oregon developed an innovative community-based public safety system to provide mental health first response for crises involving mental illness, homelessness, and addiction. White Bird Clinic started CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) as a community policing initiative in 1989 (White Bird Clinic).* The CAHOOTS model has been in the spotlight recently as the USA struggles to reimagine public safety. From the CAHOOTS...
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Southern Oregon Success wants all children, families to thrive by 2025

Laurie Udesky ·
For Peter Buckley, program manager for the PACEs initiative, Southern Oregon Success (SORS), the “aha moment” around positive and adverse childhood experiences was more of an “aha month.”
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AFSP Oregon State Capitol Day to Advocate for Suicide Prevention

Michael J Polacek ·
We want you to join us on Monday, February 7th for our virtual State Capitol Day event! This is our annual event to focus on suicide prevention in advocacy. Participants will hear from legislators, learn how to make their voices heard, and discover what priorities American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Oregon is targeting this session. Our advocacy doesn't stop there! Registered attendees will have the opportunity to meet with legislators throughout the month of February. Register now.
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Oregon Expands Postpartum Medicaid Coverage To One Year

Ruthy Lindvall ·
In a wonderful step towards ensuring better care for postpartum parents, Oregon joins three other states in expanding postpartum Medicaid coverage to one year. Please head to https://www.forbes.com/sites/e...05691802c8c524b7f679 to read the full article. This is thrilling and a significant step forward in the impact it will have on the lives of parents and newborns in our state and beyond!
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A Children's Mental Health Pandemic in Oregon

Ruthy Lindvall ·
A recent article from Oregon Public Broadcasting is highlighting the research from a study out Monday from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The study examined children's wellness and uses data from the National Survey of Children’s Health . It found that in Oregon from 2016 to 2020, the number of children reporting depression and anxiety actually increased by a staggering 40%. As a mental health professional, I can only imagine that that percentage increased during the subsequent years of an...
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Young adult in Oregon creates free mental health access app

Ruthy Lindvall ·
As many of you know, a recent report from Mental Health America highlights the fact that Oregon has some of the highest rates of mental illness and substance use challenges in the nation -- yet we have fewer resources to get treatment and mental health care. An incredible young woman, Amanda Southworth, 20, taught herself to code and create apps when she was just 13 years old. She has recently developed an app to help increase access to care for mental health: Aetheria. Aetheria is a free...
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