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The Rotary Club of Corvallis is excited to share with you what we are doing in our community and around the world in service above self! You are always welcome to join us at lunch. We gather nearly every Thursday from 11:45 am to 1 pm for a buffet lunch and informative program at the Corvallis Country Club. Use our Contact Form to email us so we can arrange for a member to host you during your visit.

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Rotary Club of Corvallis Uses District Grant To Help Prevent Teen Suicides

By Robert V. Thurston


Like many other communities, Corvallis has been shocked and saddened by young people who take their own lives. Families, friends, schools and the community at large, are deeply affected when this happens. The Rotary Club of Corvallis, with support from local organizations (Samaritan Foundation, Mullins Foundation, National Alliance on Mental Illness) and a District Grant, partnered with the Youth Mental Health Coalition (YMHC) to provide a free mobile phone app entitled Mental Health and You (MHU) to youth in a tri-county area (Benton, Linn, Lincoln).

The power of this app is its customized and easily accessed local information, resources, contacts and crisis hot-line. It helps determine when a mental health issue is a crisis and what to do about it.

Most people, and especially teens, do not know where to go or who to contact if they or someone else is in crisis. Even if they think that a friend or acquaintance is in a bad place or reaching out for help through social media (Twitter, Facebook), they may be hesitant to speak to a parent, teacher or health practitioner. However, in this technological world, young people are comfortable using apps as a means to collect and deliver information, making the MHU app particularly appealing.

Rotarians are actively promoting the MHU app across the community, including school districts (e.g. the app has been downloaded into iPads given to middle school students), and school events, Oregon State University groups, faith organizations and many others. An anonymous donor is funding further marketing and an intern to work exclusively on this.

Dr. Caroline Fisher, an involved Child Psychiatrist, says “I have been so delighted to hear how many people have not only downloaded the app but also used it.” A Counselor in Lebanon, Oregon credits the availability of the app for saving a student’s life. In our minds, that alone more than justifies this project.

If your club is interested in the Mental Health and You (MHU) app, please feel free to contact Erin Adolphsen at eadolphsen@samaritan.org.


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