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Lincoln County joined more than 1,100 communities across the country Friday in celebrating the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

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Lincoln County Behavioral Health Child & Family Program has offered children, youth, and young adults with mental or substance use disorders in Lincoln County, the services and supports they need to meet their goals at home, at school, and in the community.

Important Facts and Figures

  • 1 in 5 children experiences, or will experience, a mental health disorder.
  • 1 in 6 U.S. children aged 2-8 years (17.4%) have a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder.
  • Among children aged 2-8 years, boys are more likely than girls to have a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder.
  • Among children living below 100% of the federal poverty level, more than 1 in 5 (22%) has a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder.
  • 50% of mental illnesses begin by age 14.
  • The average delay between the onset of mental health symptoms and treatment is 8-10 years.
  • 37% of youth ages 14 and older who have a mental health disorder drop out of high school- the highest drop out rate of any disability group.
  • 70% of youth in state and local juvenile justice systems have a serious emotional disturbance.
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in you ages 10-24.

To celebrate Awareness Day, the Oregon Family Support Network will host Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2019 by calling all superheroes to join festivities on May 9, 2019, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at the Oregon State Capital State Park (Capitol Mall Area), 155 Waverly St. NE, Salem, OR. The event is free to the public, (registration required) involving children and their families statewide and will feature activities and supervision for children & youth including:

  • Youth Superhero Activities
  • Social Time
  • Superhero Table Activity
  • Guest Speaker
  • Open Mic
  • Lunch
  • Capital Tour
  • Resource Fair

You can register at this link:

“Awareness Week is an opportunity for us to join with more than 1,100 communities across the country in celebrating the positive impact that we can have on the lives of children, youth, and young adults when we are able to integrate positive mental health into every environment,” said Linda Gray, Lincoln County Behavioral Health Program Manager –Child & Family Program, “When we focus on building resilience and social-emotional skills in children, youth, and young adults, we can help these individuals and their families thrive.”

Lincoln County Behavioral Health Child & Family Program offers:

  • Mental health counseling- the Child & family team is based in Newport, but also serves the entire county.
  • Addictions treatment at all locations
  • School-Based Health Centers at Waldport High, Taft High, Toledo High and Newport High providing counseling as well as medical care.
  • Wraparound services, which are family-driven, strength-based team support for intensive treatment needs.
  • Community Support Providers, skills trainers for children and families.
  • Evidence-based skill training: Adolescent DBT, emotion regulation skills, interpersonal skills development distress tolerance skills; Collaborative Problem Solving involving parent/caregivers and children working together to solve problems.
  • Psychiatric Day Treatment through partnering with The Olalla Center for Children and Families.
  • Parent-Child Interactive Therapy for ages 2 through 6 years.
  • EASA – a statewide network of programs to identify youth with early symptoms of psychosis.
  • OFSN community–based family support groups “Parents Helping Parents.”
  • Locations:


Child & Family Program Child & Family Program

Mental Health & Addictions Mental Health & Addictions

36 SW Nye Street Adult Mental Health

Newport, OR. 97365 4422 NE Devils Lake Blvd., Ste 2

(541) 265-4179 Lincoln City, OR 97367

Hearing Impaired 7-1-1 (541) 265-4196

Hearing Impaired 7-1-1

School Based Health Centers:

Newport High School Taft High School Toledo High School

322 NE Eads St., 3780 SE Spyglass Ridge, 1800 NE Sturdevant Rd.

Newport, OR 97365 Lincoln City, OR 97391 Toledo, OR 97391

Waldport High School

3000 Crestline Dr.,

Waldport, OR 97394

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