UW Combined Fund Drive

October 8, 2021

World Mental Health Day

On October 10th, World Mental Health Day is recognized. It is a day to remember to be kind to oneself and acknowledge the importance of mental health.

While physical health is often prioritized, many forget that mental health is equally important as they are intertwined. According to the CDC, untreated mental health issues like depression can increase the risk for long term physical health issues like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. 

This is especially alarming when it is accompanied by the fact the over 50% for Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lives. 

The ongoing pandemic has only heightened these issues. There are already many stresses in daily life and COVID-19 adds to this creating an increased sense of unknown.  

Mental health affects all areas of life and should always be taken seriously. WHO reports depression as one of the leading causes for disability and suicide as the second leading cause of death for 15-29-year-olds.

Sometimes asking for help comes with a stigma when really it should convey strength. When one asks for help, it can also empower others to do the same and when those asks are met with support and not judgement, it creates more compassionate and open relationships.  

Many around the world still do not have access to proper mental health care, whether it be the result of stigma, discrimination, or lack of quality mental health services. This year the World Health Organization hopes to change that with this year’s campaign “Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality.”  

On this World Mental Health Day celebrate by taking some time to prioritize mental health:

  • Take care of your body: get enough sleep, eat right, and stay active.  
  • Connect with others: talk to trusted people in your life about how you are feeling. 
  • Take time to unwind: don’t forget to do things you enjoy like reading a book, doing yoga, or other forms of self-care. 

Are you or someone you know in crisis? 

Ways to Help 

Consider making a one-time contribution or setting up payroll deduction to one of our CFD member organizations working to provide quality mental heath services and destigmatize seeking care: 

Born this Way Foundation (Charity Code 1482977): supports the mental health of young people and works to create a kinder braver world through high impact programming, youth led conversations, and strategic partnerships.  

Bridgeways (Charity Code 1478773): offers services that promote quality of life for individuals living with mental illness in a manner that facilitates growth, independence, and a sense of community.  

Consejo Counseling and Referral Service (Charity Code 0337159): provides behavior health services to the Latino community in the state of Washington including prevention, treatment, and housing. 

Give an Hour (Charity Code 1482035): work to harness the expertise and generosity of volunteer mental health professionals to provide no-cost mental health care to those in the veteran and military communities, those affected by natural disasters, and those affect by man-made disasters.  

Jumping Mouse Children’s Center (Charity Code 0315205): delivers direct emotional and mental health services and advocacy for low-income children and their families who have experienced trauma. 

Mental Health America (Charity Code 1479381): seeks to improve the health and quality of life for nearly 70 million adults and children impacted by mental health problem annually. 

Mental Health Housing Foundation (Charity Code 1480575): develops and maintains housing for low-income individuals who are disabled as a result of lifelong mental illness.  

Second Chance Ranch (Charity Code 0497062): Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program that can be applied to existing treatment program as a more holistic approach. 

University of Washington Counseling Center Support Fund (Charity Code 1480836): offers mental health counseling, outreach, prevention programming, and crisis intervention for enrolled students at no financial charge. 

Contributed by UWCFD Campaign Assistant Kate Montebello
Kate Montebello is serving as one of the 2021 Combined Fund Drive Campaign Assistants. She graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Communications as well as a minor in both History and Peace & Justice.