Work to develop programs and policies that improve the accessability and further enhancement of screening and referral practices by primary care providers. By encouraging the development and exploration of integrated systems that help providers to utilize high quality resources to properly screen children, adolescents, and adults, our community will be able to ensure that community members receive the mental health support that is necessary in order to be diagnosed and treated properly.
For many individuals who struggle with depression, substance abuse, and other mental health concerns, the stigma that is often received from others may be a barrier preventing someone from getting the help they need to recover and live well. As a result, creating public awareness and developing health education campaigns to both reduce the stigma and eliminate the discrimination that is associated with depression is essential in order to help all within the community to come together in support of one another and to increase the likelihood that community members live well.
For many, having a supportive social network of family and friends helps to provide one with a sense of belonging and can help to increase one's mental and emotional well-being. As a result, by increasing the number of programs that educate individuals on how to offer support and encouragement to a friend or family member who may be suffering from depression, one might increase the likelihood that an individual will seek help when they need it. Likewise, by developing these programs, our community seeks to build a strong sense of community and belonging, which therefore will hopefully help to decrease the number of individuals who feel alone and will help to increase the mental and emotional state of all community residents.