Addressing emerging needs:
Seniu Maitland committed suicide in his family home on May 31, 2016. Seniu was only 18 years old, a senior at Crescent Valley High School. Although this tragedy shook the community, Seniu’s death was not an isolated incident. According to the Oregon Health Authority, Seniu’s death was at least the 13th youth suicide in the state this year.
In an effort to stem this tide, BCF has joined forces with Samaritan Health Services, the Mullins Foundation, and Corvallis Rotary to secure and distribute a mental health “app” throughout the community. The app may be downloaded without cost on a mobile phone and is user friendly. The warning signs of depression are clearly displayed on the app as are links for immediate help.
Although the app will be available to everyone, the first wave of distribution efforts will be targeting school age children.
For more information about the mental health app, contact Commissioner Anne Schuster at:
To make a donation in support of the mental health app, send your check payable to the Benton Community Foundation, PO Box 911, Corvallis, OR 97330. Be sure to write "mental health app" in the memo line.