How would we experience mental health resources in our community?
Clay County would be a thriving community. We would see a decrease in our jail in the amount of substance related arrests. Clay County would see more students identifying coping skills and utilization of those coping skills. We would see a decrease in stigma related to mental health. We would see education around mental health issues. We would see an increase of mental health professionals who are providing resources to individuals.
What information led to the selection of this health issue and related result?
Clay County Health Department and Healthy Carolinians compared multiple community health assessment priorities to the recent data to determine what was making a difference, what was working, and what we should concentrate more on during the coming years. Through a group decision three priority health issues were declared that we believe will have the most impact on the community. Mental Health Access to Care was chosen because it was abundantly clear that the needed resources are not available to adequately serve our community.