June is PTSD Awareness Month

In the past little was known about PTSD in children. Today, we know that trauma and abuse can casue chidlren to suffer with PTSD. In the United States, Child Protective Services receives reports on the abuse or neglect of about 5.5 million children in a year. Some of those children will inevitably suffer from the affects of that trauma. 

Following trauma, most children will have some symptoms. They may be fearful of strangers or become needy toward their parents. They might also have sleep problems/nightmares or become more irritable, aggressive, or reckless. Young children may lose skills they once had, such as potty training. They might go back to earlier habits, like sucking their thumb. Although most children have symptoms following trauma, only a few will go on to get PTSD. 

Early trauma affects the nervous system which is shaped by experiences. Stress and trauma, especially over a period of time, can lead to changes in parts of the brain. This can have long-term effects on physical, mental, and emotional growth. What's more, the impact of early abuse often extends into later childhood, teen, and even adult years.

 

It is important to help children deal with trauma as they probably will have little to no coping mechanisms to help them. Pediatricians and other child health care providers can give support, education, safety planning, and information about treatment. Also child and family social services can help caregivers with many issues. There is help out there for children who may have PTSD issues.

Resources:

Columbia River Mental Health Services offers mental health and substance use treatment to adults and children.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services 

Cinco de Mayo Gala & Fundraiser, Celebrating Columbia River Mental Health Services 75 year anniversary!

This years Gala and Fundraiser was a huge success! Hundreds of people from the community came out to celebrate Columbia River's 75 year anniversary and support the Foundation's work within the community.

There was delicious Mexican food & entertainment, including pianist Jim Fischer and Ballet Papalotl. Plus silent & live auctions, as well as a themed selfie station!

The foundation was also celebrating the roll out of the Foundation's Hopes and Dreams Grant Program. This gala helped us raise money to assist the social & emotional needs of children & families with children as well as helping to meet the mental health needs of others in our community. 

A huge thank you to all the sponsors, community leaders, and attendees who supported this event with their time and money. The Foundation is forever grateful!

Vancouver City Council proclaims May 2017 “Mental Health Awareness Month”

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On Monday April 17th, Anne McEnerny-Ogle proclaimed May “Mental Health Awareness Month” in the name of Columbia River Mental Health Services to help celebrate our 75 years of work within our community and to highlight the Mental health issues in Clark County. 

Thank you Vancouver City Council for helping us to bring more attention to mental health needs in our community!

First Annual Awards Ceremony & Luncheon Fundraiser SUCCESS!

On September 22nd 2016 the Columbia River Mental Health Foundation held its first annual Awards Ceremony & Luncheon Fundraiser at the downtown Vancouver Hilton. Hundreds of community leaders and advocates attended to help us raise funds to support the important work we are striving to do within our community.

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Sharon Wise, speaking about resiliency.

Sharon Wise, speaking about resiliency.

The featured speaker was Sharon D. Wise, a nationally renowned speaker & author on behavioral health issues. Ms. Wise spoke about how adverse events in childhood effect an individual’s ability to thrive & succeed in adulthood. Her life story and the way she conveyed her message was inspiring! 

Foundation Board President Deanna Pauli-Hammond & CRMHS CEO Craig Pridemore presenting awards.

Foundation Board President Deanna Pauli-Hammond & CRMHS CEO Craig Pridemore presenting awards.

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The luncheon established two annual community awards:  The Behavioral Health Community Service Award for an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the behavioral health community over a number of years; and The Behavioral Health Business Champion Award for a business that has made a significant contribution to the behavioral health community in the past year. This years honorees were Joan Caley and DeWils Custom Cabinetry

We also had many event sponsors, which helped us make this luncheon a huge success. Thank you to everyone who participated, all who donated both time and money. With your generosity we will be able to do more within our community to help those who are struggling. Lives change here!