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May is Mental Health Awareness Month


When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it is a lot to handle. It is important to remember that mental illnesses are common and treatable.

Lutheran Community Services, Crook County’s mental health provider since 1984, is utilizing the month of May to help change the way people think about mental illness and to let Crook County residents know they have access to a multitude of mental health services.

“Mental Health Awareness Month is a national movement to help break down stigma and barriers to persons needing and receiving mental health services. It is not only about one’s physical health, but it is understanding one’s mental and emotional health as well,” says Laura Placek, Crook County Community Mental Health Director

During the month of May, LCS is highlighting their expanded services for older adults, beginning a grief group for residents experiencing a loss, participating in the Hunter Holmes Memorial Golf Tournament and holding their first ever-fundraising luncheon: A Life Changing Lunch.

“Our programs are dictated by community need and social determinants. In 2018, we had 1,200 clients walk through our door having some kind of need related to mental health. We were able to serve them locally. That is what it is all about for us, to bring services to the people.” – Placek adds.

Lutheran Community Services has nearly a century of experience, recognized expertise, and a legacy of success serving the critical behavioral health and basic needs of thousands of people each year in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

In Central Oregon, Lutheran Community Services is the contracted Crook County Mental Health Provider. As the Community Mental Health Provider, we provide behavioral health and intellectually/developmentally disabled advocacy services, to local children, youth, adults and families.

People who struggle with life’s most overwhelming challenges – mental illness, addiction, violence, isolation, injustice and other shattering issues – with LCS services will find hope, resources and strength to heal and become contributing members of our shared community. In 2018, LCS served nearly 1,200 Crook County residents.

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