Reid Community Benefit is working to reduce stigma
Substance Abuse and Mental illness are very present in our service area. In looking to help those who suffer in our communities, one of the largest barriers for those seeking help is stigma. The pressure and shame of stigma can prevent those who need help from seeking it. By reducing stigma we are helping to improve the mental health and well-being of those in our community who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse.
Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else. Stigma can even come from an internal place, confusing feeling bad with being bad.
Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame, and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support, and living well. Learning how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us, especially when you realize stigma’s effects:
- People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult.
- Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability across the United States.
- Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. who need services and treatment get the help they need.
- The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans.
What is Community Benefit?
Community Benefit can be defined as any program or activity that provides treatment and/or promotes health and healing as a response to community needs. As a not-for profit hospital, Reid provides community benefit to give back to the communities we serve, establish community partnerships and encourage those partnerships among other organizations, and work toward common goals for improving health.
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, not-for-profit hospitals are required to perform a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years. This assessment allows Reid to identify service needs within the service area.
- Access the most recent Community Health Needs Assessment
- View Reid Health’s 2016 Implementation Plan
In addition to the Community Health Needs Assessment, the Affordable Care Act also requires that not-for-profit hospitals complete an Implementation Plan to identify what needs will be addressed and how they will address them.