Focus on Health

Good health is an essential ingredient for individual success and a thriving community. Healthy kids are more likely to succeed in school. The whole community will flourish when all of our residents have access to quality health care and health education services. We are committed to more than short-term charity for a few; we are committed to lasting solutions that build opportunity for all.

We focus on the challenges and aspirations of each community we serve, but we are also part of a worldwide community working together to affect change on a large scale. United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories, bringing millions of people together to create long-term solutions that build opportunity for all.

Health

We invite people to give, to advocate and to volunteer—only by working together can we build healthier communities. United Way’s strategies include:

  • Providing access to primary health care for physical,
    emotional, mental health and substance abuse issues
  • Helping children to avoid risky behavior

Saving Lives
in Marion County

Group of Students

Alarmed by 2006 Marion Public Health Assessment results, and a yearly average of two to three adolescent suicides, United Way, Marion Community Foundation and the Crawford Marion ADAMH Board partnered with Marion Area Counseling Center to provide an evidence-based program called the Signs of Suicide (SOS).

SOS screens 3600 middle school and high school students throughout the county each year. Those that trip the screen are treated immediately and their parents are notified. If needed, the students and families are referred for long-term treatment.

Cory is one of the high school students screened within the past year. After tripping the screen and speaking with a therapist, he admitted that he had already written the suicide note for his family and planned to end his life later that same day.

The 2010 results showed that the number of children thinking about or planning suicide were cut by half. Even better, there have been no student suicides since the program began.