Mental Health

Mental and chemical health promotion can improve quality of life and physical health, and early intervention services can lessen the burden of both.


Unrecognized and untreated mental and chemical health conditions can disrupt development across the lifespan, social connections, family life, education, employment and economic stability, and full community participation. Early intervention and support for families can prevent child and parent mental and chemical health problems and promote overall health and resiliency at all stages of life. When left untreated, mental and chemical health conditions can worsen and become disabling or less amenable to treatment.

Convening with community partners with expertise in mental health services will be integral to achieving progress regarding the issues around mental health awareness, understanding and services provided in the community. Through Collective Action of this Collaborative a mental health taskforce was created to further define the issues identified and develop strategies which will result in more healthful living.