An estimated 43.7 million adults in the United States suffered from a mental illness in the past year—nearly 20 percent of the population. Similarly, 1 in 5 children in the U.S., either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder. Too often, the needs of these individuals with mental health concerns go unmet until their conditions worsen. The resulting increased problems and costs can become a serious burden for patients, families, and the community.
At this year’s Destination Swedish fundraising luncheon, you’ll have the opportunity to help provide the start-up costs needed to embed mental health counselors in our primary care clinics. This will allow convenient, same-day care and help reduce the barriers many patients face when seeking care for their mental health concerns.
Our goal is to raise $1.2 million, which will ensure that mental health services are available in each of Swedish’s 25 primary care clinics across greater Seattle. Learn more about how Swedish is creating safer, healthier communities by reducing the barriers to mental health treatment.