Sign planting event shows there’s hope and help available

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Clackamas County employees, partners and residents came together May 4 to kick off Mental Health Awareness Month by planting “Signs of Hope” in the Red Soils Campus Circle of Honor.

The signs’ inspirational messages remind those who may be struggling with mental health issues that:

You are not alone. Mental health concerns are as common as physical health concerns, and county employees, regardless of role, are trained to help you find and get the resources you need.

There is hope. How you feel now doesn’t have to last, but getting help and support early is important. Reach out. There are many supports, services and treatment options available to you. 

We can help. Clackamas County Behavioral Health, Clackamas Health Centers, and our partners offer a wide variety of services to children, youth, families and adults and are here to support you.

“One in five adults and one in six youth experience mental health issues each year – they think they’re alone and hopeless, but they’re not,” said County Administrator Gary Schmidt. “We need to do our part as county employees to help people know that.”

County employees and partners will also host Signs of Hope rally events at busy intersections during the morning and evening commute hours, and will take the signs from the Circle of Honor later this month and display them at locations throughout the county.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 503-655-8585 or visit the Behavioral Health website.

If you want to learn how to help friends, neighbors, co-workers, or others suffering a mental health or emotional crisis, Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties have joined together to create a one-stop gateway where community members can register for free mental health first aid trainings.