Mentally Healthy CAN of NEK Prosper

Being Mentally Healthy

The Mentally Healthy Collaborative Action Network (CAN) of NEK Prosper! is trying to turn the curve on mental health in our region.

Every individual realizes their, her or his own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, is able to make a contribution to their, her or his community, feels okay reaching out for help when times get tough, knows where and how to reach out for help, and that help is actually helpful and not further dehumanizing.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 

Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. People of any age, race, ethnicity, or sex can experience suicide risk, but certain groups have substantially higher rates of suicide than the general U.S. population.  Veterans, people who live in rural areas, sexual and gender minorities, middle-aged adults, and tribal populations may disproportionately experience factors linked to suicide.

  • there are actions that people can take to help prevent suicide,
  • prevention works,
  • resilience and recovery are possible,
  • effective programs and services exist, and
  • help is available.

See below for resources, events and stories of hope and healing.

Mentally Healthy

The numbers below show the difference between the actual and targeted percentages in several categories and groups as they relate to being mentally healthy.

% of middle school students who ever attempted suicide

  • Actual Value 7% 7%
  • Target Value 0% 0%

% of high school students who ever attempted suicide, past 12 months

  • Actual Value 6% 6%
  • Target Value 0% 0%

% of LGBT high school students who ever attempted suicide, past 12 months

  • Actual Value 18% 18%
  • Target Value 8% 8%

% of adults with poor mental health/frequent mental distress

  • Actual Value 13% 13%
  • Target Value 9% 9%

% of Poor Mental Health Days per month

% of middle school students who ever attempted suicide

  • Actual Value 14% 14%
  • Target Value 10% 10%

% of adults with four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences

  • Actual Value 18% 18%
  • Target Value 10% 10%

Tools & Resources

NEAR (Neurobiology, Epigenetics, ACEs, Resilience) Science  Stressful events that happen in our early years of development affect us in ways that last our entire lives.  NEAR Science gives a better, holistic picture of a person’s experiences over his or her lifetime; it also incorporates resilience, which is an important factor in the outcomes of a person’s life.

Diverse group of people from different cultures and backgrounds.

Online Resources and Links

Join Us!

Check out these upcoming events to support mental health and healing.

Suicide

There is no single cause to suicide. It most often occurs when stressors exceed the current coping abilities of a person.  Knowing the signs, finding the words, and reaching out for help can prevent suicide and save lives.

Action

We’re currently working on one universal strategy and four targeted strategies:

PositiveBalance Regional Mental Health Campaign

Positive Balance Regional Mental Health Campaign is our universal strategy to reduce stigma and myths around mental health and suicide, increase positive messaging about belonging, seeking help and where to find that help. “Research shows that connectedness and social capital together may (build mental well-being and) protect against suicidal behaviors by decreasing isolation, encouraging adaptive coping behaviors, and by increasing belongingness, personal value, and worth, to help build resilience in the face of adversity.” -CDC

Building Flourishing Communities

A transformational process model for improving intergenerational health by building community capacity and disseminating NEAR (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience) science.

Schedule a Building Flourishing Communities Learning Event

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Youth Empowerment

Engaging young people in promoting wellness in their school communities, fostering their own protective factors and developing critical life skills for resiliency.  YAC is Back! The YAC (Youth Advisory Council) is a youth-led group focused on supporting youth in the community and building youth leadership. We just need YOUth! Check out this Youth Advisory Council video.

Suicide Safer Care

Reducing deaths by suicide by building a system a of care between Primary Care practices and Designated Mental Health Agencies and increasing the overall knowledge, comfortability, and clinical competency of providers in Blueprint Patient Centered Medical Homes to assess for suicide, safety plan with patients, and make referrals when appropriate for higher level of care.

Northeast Kingdom Create Health

Using the power of art to address social isolation and despair and rigorously test whether art can be an intervention to help people get through these difficult times.

You Can Give Help, You Can Get Help

We all need help sometimes. If you need someone to talk to or are worried about a friend or loved one, FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, PROFESSIONAL support is available 24/7:

Vermont Department of Mental Health Newsletters

Videos Related to Mental Health

Gallery Images of Mentally Healthy Strategies in Action