“Our communities need to emphasize the importance of proper mental health. Many individuals with mental illnesses in Eau Claire County go untreated, which is devastating to our friends, family, and our neighbors.”
Why is this an important health issue in Eau Claire?
About 75% of people in Eau Claire County with mental health conditions receive no treatment at all for their mental illness. Community members have identified the complexity of navigating the mental health system as a major barrier to receiving treatment.
Goals and Objectives: 2018-2021
Currently, the Mental Health Action Team has set one goal and many objectives to reach it:
Healthy Communities action teams identify goals and objectives based on root cause analysis, current evidence, state and national plans, and community input, assets, and readiness. More information on this process can be found in our Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan.
The Mental Health Action Team is working on the following projects in support of the group’s goals of improving navigation of the local mental health service system and coordination of care for both consumers and community organizations:
- Identifying and analyzing barriers to mental health service access.
- Creating a comprehensive mental health resource directory.
- Collaborating with community organizations to enhance education, communication, and activities around mental health.
For a comprehensive report of our current goals, objectives, and ongoing work, please view our action plan here.
- In collaboration with multiple organizations, completed QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention training with 973 middle and high school students and 159 adults in 2018.
- Developed a mental health guide to help community members access mental health services, as well as an English-Hmong Mental Health glossary to develop uniform translation of mental health terminology in the Hmong language.
- Partnered with Eau Claire County Brain Research Awareness Integration Network (BRAIN) team and Eau Claire Coalition for Youth to hose the Spotlight on Children & Adolescents Mental Health Summit in Fall 2016.
For a full list of accomplishments over the course of 2015-2018 for Chronic Disease Prevention and all of our actions teams, please see the final pages of our Community Health Improvement Plan.
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