After experiencing suicidal thoughts for decades and challenges such as Substance Use Disorders and houselessness, Jaclyn received help from Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare — part of the MultiCare Behavioral Health Network. You can help children, youth and adults in crisis by attending the MultiCare Changing Minds Virtual Luncheon on May 13. Proceeds benefit treatment programs provided by Network members Greater Lakes, Navos and MultiCare Behavioral Health.
Trigger warning: suicide
At 8 and a half, Jaclyn wrote a letter expressing her wish to end her life. These suicidal thoughts continued for decades. Her suicidal thoughts, childhood trauma, grief from losing a brother to suicide, Substance Use Disorders, mental health challenges and domestic violence all contributed to a downward spiral, culminating in her experiencing being houseless.
Then Jaclyn found support at Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare, part of the MultiCare Behavioral Health Network. With the help of Greater Lakes’ donor-supported programs — like Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH), therapy, Substance Use Disorders outpatient treatment, peer counseling and support groups — Jaclyn was able to address her challenges head-on.
“I was able to work on so many things and talk through a lot of the pain that I had experienced,” she shares. “I didn’t feel judged and felt a connection with multiple people that I worked with. They recognized me for who I am, acknowledged my strengths, provided me with support and encouraged me to go through Peer Counselor training.”
Breaking down barriers to behavioral health treatment
Jaclyn is one of many in our community who have struggled with mental health issues and Substance Use Disorders. In fact, one in five people in Washington live with a behavioral health condition. Like Jaclyn, many teenagers and young adults wrestle with suicidal thoughts. Also troubling, suicide is now the second-highest cause of death for 15 to 23-year-olds.
Despite these statistics, children, youth and adults, often with limited resources, face barriers to effective behavioral health treatment. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem, causing increased substance use, relapses, youth suicide and emergency department visits for behavioral health issues.
Against this backdrop, the MultiCare Behavioral Health Network — consisting of MultiCare Behavioral Health, Greater Lakes and Navos — seeks to break down barriers by ensuring mental health care and Substance Use Disorder treatment are available and accessible to everyone. For example, with the help of community donations, the Network provided 169,291 remote services to meet the needs of some of its most marginalized clients in 2020. Staff even handed out bottled water, food and face masks, when food banks were closed and public water fountains were shut off.
As the largest nonprofit provider of behavioral health care in Washington, the Network provides expert services and treatment in hospitals, behavioral health care centers, primary care clinics, mobile clinics, schools, offices and at home. And with philanthropic support, even more people — from all backgrounds and walks of life — can access compassionate behavioral health care.
Support treatment programs at the MultiCare Changing Minds Virtual Luncheon
At noon on Thursday, May 13, the MultiCare Behavioral Health Foundation invites the community to support hope and healing for those experiencing mental illness and Substance Use Disorders by attending the MultiCare Changing Minds Virtual Luncheon. During the compelling 30-minute program, viewers will learn more about MultiCare Behavioral Health, Greater Lakes and Navos’ behavioral health services and treatment programs for children, youth and adults.
The event will be emceed by Amity Addrisi, host of “New Day Northwest” on KING 5. Keynote speaker Lily Cornell Silver — mental health advocate and daughter of the late Soundgarden/Audioslave singer, Chris Cornell — will be speaking about her goals to open and amplify the conversations around trauma, grief, depression, anxiety and other challenges through her IGTV interview series Mind Wide Open.
The event will also feature Jaclyn and other former clients sharing their recovery journeys.
The luncheon will benefit MultiCare Behavioral Health Network with 100 percent of donations going to programs and services to help people in your community who are struggling with their own mental health and lack access to and resources for treatment. With your support, children, youth and adults can recover and lead full, independent lives.