Mental Health Awareness Month happens each year in May.  To mark the occasion, Trillium Family Services, Oregon’s largest provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families, hosts the annual “Keep Oregon Well” Mental Health Heroes Awards — 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.

On Saturday, May 6th, the 2017 Keep Oregon Well Mental Health Heroes will be honored at Trillium’s Black & Gold Gala, happening at The Nines in Portland, Oregon.  Many current and previous Mental Health Heroes Award honorees will be in attendance at the event and their stories of triumph, healing, resilience and community-building will be featured throughout the night.

The Black & Gold Gala will again be hosted by Emmy Award-winning Journalist and Author Sheila Hamilton, with music by Hit Machine!

Following the Black & Gold Gala, Trillium and the entire #KeepOregonWell Community will honor one Mental Health Hero for every day in May during Mental Health Awareness Month – 31 in all – featuring the story of a new hero each day on the Trillium website, on the radio, and across our Keep Oregon Well social media network.

Here is a full list of 2017’s “Keep Oregon Well” Mental Health Heroes Award Recipients:

May 1st – CJ McCollum
May 2nd – Tra’Renee Chambers, MSW, LCSW
May 3rd – Gary Withers
May 4th – Helen Higgins
May 5th – Lynne Saxton
May 6th – Benjamin White
May 7th – Gregory Gourdet
May 8th – Andrew Grover, MPH
May 9th – Chris Bouneff
May 10th – Dr. Magnus Lakovics
May 11th – Dr. Ajit Jetmalani
May 12th – Northstar Clubhouse
May 13th – Dona Bolt
May 14th – David Hidalgo
May 15th – Hopworks Urban Brewery
May 16th – Dave Underriner
May 17th – Representative Tina Kotek, Speaker of the House
May 18th – Lines For Life
May 19th – Brad Larsen-Sanchez, PsyD
May 20th – Kevin Fitts
May 21st – Commissioner Chloe Eudaly
May 22nd – Nancy Allen
May 23rd – Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS
May 24th – Dave Mowry
May 25th – Dr. Ryan Reese
May 26th – Oregon Family Support Network
May 27th – Dr. Jeff Todahl
May 28th – Beth Ditto
May 29th – The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center
May 30th – Donna Standing Rock
May 31st – Brave Space, LLC

Learn More about the Keep Oregon Well campaign and social movement now at

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