Nominations are now open for the 4th Annual "Keep Oregon Well" Mental Health Heroes Awards, presented by Trillium Family Services!

Mental Health Awareness Month happens each year in May. For the third year in a row, to mark the occasion, Trillium is again launching a 31 day multi-media celebration of the people, nonprofits, community groups and business leaders who have helped pave the way for Mental and Behavioral healthcare to thrive in Oregon and the Pacific NW.

We will honor one Mental Health Hero for every day in May – 31 in all – announcing a new hero each day on our website, social media, and on the radio. On Saturday, May 12th, we will unveil all of the heroes at the 3rd Annual Black & Gold "Keep Oregon Well" Gala!  Many of this year's honorees and previous heroes will be in attendance. 

This awards process is truly community-driven, with open nominations taking place annually from December 1st-February 1st. We are calling upon the broader community to tell us about who have been the heroes in your lives, in your organizations, and in our state. For this project, “Heroes” is defined as any person or group which has helped to reduce stigma, advance the mental and behavioral healthcare field, and make Oregon and the Pacific NW a safer, more supportive place to live through their service, sacrifice, risk, inspiration, and example.

In the end, our goal is to showcase Oregon's rich history, highlight the diversity of experience it has taken to get us from there to here, and honor those who have bravely paved the way for mental and behavioral healthcare and awareness in our state. From teachers to politicians, therapists to clients, rock stars to authors, children to seniors, we find heroism everywhere we look. This is our chance to tell their stories and celebrate people who might otherwise be overlooked for their efforts to Keep Oregon Well!

A selection committee made up of community members, industry leaders and past Mental Health Heroes Award winners will work to narrow down the nominees in late February.