Goals of Reach Out Oregon
Regional families with children experiencing mental, emotional or behavioral health challenges will gain access to a support team of families and friends and a community network where questions are answered, resources are shared, and needs are understood. Goals for the project include:
Reduce isolation of families raising a child who experiences behavioral health needs
Increase likelihood parents will find someone who can relate to their struggle, and provide compassionate, informed and effective personal support.
Decrease the stigma associated with experiencing mental health needs
Share the stories of people speaking openly about their experiences , demonstrating community through shared perspectives and mutual support.
Strengthen navigation to increase access to resources for families
Integrate with existing community efforts; develop informed family peers; increase likelihood of mental health issues being addressed earlier, before crisis level.