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Mental Health

Significant Health Need

Healthy Mind: Mental Health/Suicide According to data from the 2014-2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the prevalence estimates for the IN North Central Region show that 4.7% of resident adults have suffered from a serious mental illness (diagnoses resulting in serious functional impairment). Prevalence estimates of residents (18 years of age and above) of the same region indicating that “at any time in the past 12 months” seriously thought about trying to kill themselves are 4.3%, which is higher than IN (4.2%) and 7.2% for adult residents who have had a major depressive episode in the past year. County Health Rankings indicate that EC and SJC averaged 4.2 days of poor mental in the past 30 days before being surveyed. Data also show the Mental Health Provider density ratio (# of inhabitants per practitioner) in MC and EC has been higher than the state and national average.

Focus 1: Decrease stigma around mental health.

Focus 2: Youth and adult development / building protective factors.

Focus 3: Increase access to mental health services.

Programs

ACE Interface was created in 2016 to create a trauma informed community that conveys care and compassion for all people...

The Bully Me Badd Project, an evidence-based anti-bullying program, provides instruction and resources that facilitate communication between all individuals involved in a bullying situation.  By using an innovative instructional approach, I DID THAT, our program will teach students, teachers, parents, and/or guardians how to successfully......

Beacon Health System Trauma Team social workers seek to promote wellness and a positive quality of life for adult patients who are recovering from a trauma induced injury....

Kindness to Prevent Blindness is an effort to provide mobile vision screening for 4000+ students across four grade levels in Elkhart Community Schools.  Through this initiative, the Elkhart Education Foundation will: Provide eye-health and vision screenings for all 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade students......

Gentlemen and Scholars Inc. is a progressively growing non-profit mentorship program whose mission is to empower the youth and equip them with the skills necessary to become better versions of themselves. Mentees will be exposed to real life concepts through workshops and field trips. By......

Through HEA, community stakeholders work together to provide every child in Elkhart County with a strong foundation for learning.  This organization equips children and families with tools to develop social, cognitive, and executive function skills....

Youth Reconciliation and Family Services project will provide prevention, education, and advocacy services to support youth and their families in an effort to disrupt the school to prison pipeline and avoid the criminal just system.  The primary goal of this project is to create a......

Little Noggins’ Nook is an innovative space housed at the South Bend Babe Store designed to encourage parents and children to engage in the everyday types of play that neuroscience has shown fosters healthy brain development and supports optimum life skill development....

Ribbon of Hope offers a variety of practical services to assist patients and family members. With the primary focus of caring for the spiritual and emotional needs of the patient....

RiverBend will meet the demand for mental health counseling, establish a continuum of services, and provide an innovative way to build resiliency, better health, and hopefulness in cancer survivors through counseling and wellness initiatives....

The South Bend Group Violence Intervention (SBGVI) unites community leaders around a common goal: to stop gun violence and keep South Bend’s highest risk citizens alive and out of prison. SBGVI is a partnership among 30 community leaders from law enforcement, government, education, civil service,......

The Mary Morris Leighton Lecture, an annual event organized by Beacon Community Health and sponsored by the Leighton-Oare Foundation, brings the opportunity of sharing health and wellness information with our community....

The Suicide Prevention Center (SPC) is seeking funding to end the crisis of teen suicides in our region.  The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program is an evidence-based, National Best Practices Registry Program presented to youth in their classrooms or in large groups.  This interactive, engaging......

The goal of Take Charge is to reduce the number of new instances of intimate partner violence or sexual violence by intervening before any violence occurs. This program uses a primary prevention approach which focuses on understanding and addressing the factors that lead to violence....