One in five adults in America experiences mental illness in a given year. Here in Howard County and across America, there remains a significant need for better access to mental health services. In 2015, Howard County residents made more than 2,000 emergency room visits related to a mental health condition―indicating that many community members aren’t receiving mental health care until it is an emergency.
The Horizon Foundation recently announced a new strategic plan which includes a major commitment and financial investment in family mental health and wellness in the county. This builds upon the Foundation’s existing work with grantee partners including Chase Brexton Health Services, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Howard County General Hospital, Howard County Health Department, Humanim and Way Station to expand mental health resources and fill gaps in local mental health care. The Foundation also has hosted Mental Health Film Festivals to raise awareness and build compassion for those living with mental health challenges.
“Mental health touches nearly everyone,” said Horizon Foundation Board Chair Henry Posko. “We know that mental wellness is just as important as physical wellness and is essential for us to live long, healthy lives.”
The Foundation’s renewed emphasis on this issue includes working closely with partners to expand access to mental health services, especially for children, and increasing community-wide awareness to destigmatize what it means to receive mental health treatment.
If you would like to get involved, please contact Community Engagement Associate Rashel Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.