May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. Millions of people are affected by mental illness each year, about one out of every five. It’s important to measure how common mental illness is, so we can understand its physical, social, and financial impact — and so we can show that no one is alone. These numbers are also powerful tools for raising public awareness, stigma-busting, and advocating for better health care. Take a look at our recommendations below for ways to take care of your holistic self.  

  • Beaumont: Dr. Maura Dawgert is an acupuncturist, herbalist, and breathwork facilitator at Wildhearts Wellness where she is passionate about empowering individuals about their holistic health. Wildhearts focuses on community wellness through acupuncture, massage, workshops, and movement. 
  • Belmont Area: For acupuncture, hydrobotanical therapy, and infrared sauna thermal care, visit Dr. Julia Walls at Pathfinder Wellness Clinic.
  • Foster: Amy Swallow of Opal & Sage Art Therapy offers individual and group art therapy and counseling services. Amy specializes in working with individuals with dementia, traumatic brain injuries, developmental disabilities, and physical disabilities.
    Lents: Since 2010, Oregon Counseling has provided individual, couples, and family counseling for children, teens, and adults. With an extensive database of clinicians, you are certain to find the right match.  
  • Lloyd: Enjoy rest and healing in an overwhelming world at Float North. Restore your body and mind with exceptional massage therapy and float therapy for immediate relief and long-term wellness.
  • Old Town: Dr. Sherri L. Green is President of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, which was founded in 1983 and was ranked “Best Acupuncture College in the Nation.”
  • Sellwood: Moving Forward, Staying Present is a holistic wellness collective that focuses on individual adult and couples therapy with a focus on overall well-being. 
  • St. Johns: Allison Kirley offers coaching, bodywork, and yoga to help you get to know your true self, make aligned lifestyle changes, release negative thinking patterns, and create a life that feels authentic to you. 
  • Stadium District: Take care of your mental health with help from Neil Panchmatia at Sanctum Counseling and Wellness, who specializes in psychotherapy with a social justice orientation.
  • Williams District: At the North Portland Wellness Center, whatever your healthcare concern is, they can help. Since opening in 2007 they have offered Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage, and Chiropractic Care in a remodeled old Portland home. 

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) “Multnomah” is the Multnomah County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy. They aim to provide a platform that allows persons affected by mental illness to have a powerful voice in the local mental health community.

If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis, know that you are not alone. Call 988, the Suicide & Crisis Hotline, or dial 911. 

This list is non-exhaustive. If you have practitioners that focus on mental health and deserve recognition, share it with us on Instagram and Facebook.