As a non-profit organization, Mainstream Mental Health’s goal is to foster a commitment to young people and veterans that will promote a pro-social attitude towards mental health resources, thus creating a pathway for mental health services, while providing a sense of hope for the future.
In our lifetime 1 in 4 Americans will meet the requirements for a mental health diagnosis. The Department of U.S. Veterans Affairs reported that 22 veterans take their own life every day. A growing number of young people are either falling through the cracks due to an inability to afford mental health care or the social stigma that is associated with mental health issues deters them from seeking help. Regardless, they are not getting the help they need.
When these individuals finally do get help, it is often at a time of great tragedy or it is too late altogether. Virginia Tech and Umpqua Community College are examples of mental health failures in our society. Nothing can guarantee these tragedies will never happen again but society is not doing enough.
We want to change this!