Three Proposed Interventions to Address Mental Health Stigma in Adams County
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Sustainable Development Goals03 Good Health and Well-Being
The 2017 Adams County Community Health Assessment identified mental health as a top priority in the community. Like many rural areas, Adams County faces significant barriers to mental health treatment, including limited access to mental health services and significant stigma associated with seeking these services. Mental health stigma can be addressed with strategic, synchronized, and unified messaging over time. Various community agencies can be involved in such messaging, including schools, law enforcement, radio stations, bars, and movie theaters. This proposal outlines three separate interventions that use local resources to address mental health stigma in Adams County: 1) a Teen Mental Health First Aid training for high school students, 2) a Crisis Intervention Team program for law enforcement, and 3) a social marketing campaign to reach the entirety of Adams County.
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