More Resources. Less Stigma. Better Mental Health.
In 2013, The Lutheran Foundation worked with research professionals at Praxis Strategies & Solutions to conduct a Mental and Behavioral Health Needs Assessment in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties. The assessment was the first study of its kind to analyze all aspects of mental and behavioral health for adult, adolescent, and elderly populations within the 10-county region.
The research gathered feedback from hundreds of randomly selected households, K-12 educators, key informant interviews, and focus groups. In addition to demographic data, the assessment provides county-by-county insights on issues like substance abuse, bullying, cigarette smoking, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, social isolation, stress management, suicide, mental illness, access to care and treatment, underage drinking, risky behaviors, and eating disorders – as well as protective factors that improve mental and behavioral wellness.
The results revealed a startling trend: throughout northeast Indiana, people of all ages struggle with mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues. But many don’t have easy access to information and don’t know where to turn for help. Realizing a need for more resources, The Lutheran Foundation launched LookUp.
LookUp is a compassionate initiative designed to provide mental health information and reduce the stigma associated with these serious health issues. By connecting those in need with life-saving resources, The Lutheran Foundation desires to deliver community-wide hope and healing.