Mental illness never announces its presence. Substance abuse rarely seeks out the spotlight. Instead, they thrive on silence and flourish in the dark. So we’re opening an honest conversation about these issues and their impact on Hancock County. Make no mistake: We’re not simply raising our voices.
We’re raising $3.5 million to fund critical support and resources for our community.
Your gift is an investment in Hancock County’s professional services and support programs to address the growing mental illness and substance abuse problems in our community.
Mental illness and substance abuse leave no community or age population untouched. In fact, 1 in 4 American adults—and 1 in 5 children—live with mental illness. In Indiana, the problem is especially dire:
Indiana ranks #2 in the nation for youth suicide attempts.
In Hancock County alone, 65% of youth report knowing someone who has had serious thoughts of suicide.
Indiana ranks 5th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for states with the worst drug problems.
Hancock County desperately needs professional services and support programs to address the growing mental illness and substance abuse problems in our community. To that end, our $3.5 million will fund:
- 2 new mental health navigators
- 10 new licensed social workers
- School-based prevention and early intervention services
- Medication-assisted opioid treatment services
The emotional cost of these problems are immeasurable. But the financial cost isn’t. The lifetime medical and work-loss costs of suicide in Indiana are more than $1 billion a year.
A 2018 study found that long wait times, limited treatment options, and lack of service providers were creating barriers to treatment in Hancock County. Now is the time to start helping our friends and neighbors affected by substance abuse and mental illness, once and for all.
“We have some of the best care for cancer patients…but people with mental health issues are viewed differently and treated differently, and it should never be that way.”
“You are not alone. All kinds of people are dealing with the same negative emotions you are. And with enough help and enough work on your life, I believe anyone can be better.”
“I’ve had a granddaughter who’s had a problem with drugs. And I wonder, back when she was in seventh or eighth grade when it started, if we’d had places available, and treatments, and people to talk to her, if things might have been different.”
“We’ve got to get to the base of that problem and get that changed. I hope you can find a way to support this important campaign.”
“Providing mental health services for senior citizens in this county is a huge challenge. Because there’s a huge stigma around getting help for mental health issues. And that is probably the number one barrier right now for people getting help.”
“We’re getting phone calls now that might be suicidal, and we don’t have the staff we need to sit next to this phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week—to even be able to service the people who are calling in now.”
“It can be extremely frustrating to have someone say they’re ready for help, but there are no services to help them. You really need to act when they say, “I’m ready to go,” and we’re scrambling to make it happen.”
“The majority of people struggling with substance abuse have an underlying issue of mental illness that’s either never been diagnosed or not correctly treated. And to get our young people in to see a counselor, the waits are long.”
“You could go on for years about all the things she did for us, but it’s the stuff she missed, or we miss her for, or that she hasn’t been here for. Not seeing my graduation. I never expected that.”
“What I miss the most is not so much what we had, but what she’s not here for. We just had twins a year and a half ago, and it’s just wrenching to think that she didn’t get to hold those babies and be the grandma she was going to be.”
Your friends and coworkers. Your neighbors and relatives. Your kids. And just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
It can lead to dropping out of school, unemployment, arrest, teen pregnancy, and premature death.
Right now, there aren’t enough mental health and substance use treatment facilities or professionals in Hancock County. And many who need help don’t have the means to pay for it.