- Community mental health and service availability have both declined.
- Nationwide, suicides have increased, as have suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.
- The existing crisis services in Clark County are overloaded such that unless someone is in crisis there is not help for them.
- The public often does not know how to help or what services are available.
Today’s mental health crisis is clear. Clark County Public Health released a Health Advisory in December 2020 stating in part:
“A convergence of factors may be leading to an increased risk of suicide attempts, suicidal ideation, and psychological distress among youth in Washington, including:
- The extended disillusionment phase of disaster for the COVID-19 pandemic, which is typically the disaster phase with the greatest behavioral health impacts.
- Other effects related to the pandemic, such as disruption of two academic years, economic impacts, and social isolation.
- In Feb 2021, we sent an anonymous survey to the community. The 590 responses shared a common message: “we need help and to know how to get help.” Data is available on request, including in-person presentation.
- In response to the survey, and to the inability of community members to get help via other methods, we are developing a platform for people in Southwest WA to access information and care when they or someone around them is experiencing mental strain.
What we offer
- Mental health help line
- Mental health related classes, group discussions, guest speakers
- Simple case management: guidance to services
- Resource for available services
Community Members will:
- Get help defining the problem.
- Learn about available services and how to access them.
- Learn how to address a loved one’s mental illness.
What makes Listen Line Community Services Credible?
- Directed and staffed by trained professionals
- Supported by a community Board of Directors: professionals, business owners, and experts who all care deeply about our community
- Guidance from other mental health professionals.
Where does your contribution go?
- Startup Costs
- Professional Services: bookkeeping, website development
- Software, hardware
- Operating Expenses
- Pay for staff and director salary
- Classroom space rental
- Instructor fees
- Yearly report to show the impact of your contributions
- 501c-3 applicant. Donations are tax deductible
- Quite possibly prevent suicide. Even one saved life makes a difference.