Keep Oregon Well is a public advocacy campaign designed to reduce stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health, build a trauma-informed community, and give people the opportunity to learn more about mental health and stand with those struggling with theirs.

This ongoing volunteer spotlight blog series features some of the many caring, talented, passionate people it takes to spread the word about Keep Oregon Well throughout Oregon!

Keep Oregon Well Volunteer Spotlight: Gregg Griffin

Why does mental health matter to you?

I believe mental health has been greatly overlooked too long. Leading to so much devastation to families.  Just thinking about the number of children and parents that have suffered over years, that have lost so much if there was better understanding and advocacy for mental health treatment.

What initially made you want to volunteer with Keep Oregon Well or Trillium?

I’ve spent many years in the medical field providing health care services and health care information services.  There is a need in me to help those in distress with any health issue and mental health has been ignored for too long. There is connected of body and mind from an old saying, that’s has somehow been lost on modern day activity.  I look everyone I meet in the eye to make connect on a human level while walking around I’ve noticed those that have been lost in the system and by the system on street. They need to feel connected and that others aren’t judging them but wanting to help them find help needed to stay healthy. Keep Oregon Well is a great outreach that helps get the conversation started so people can hopefully seek help before mental illness takes over their lives by depression, addiction, abusive behavior and others non productive ways etc.  I truly believe by going out talking to strangers about having better mental health as well physical health is the key to saving many lives.  I want to help everyone talk about mental without feeling uncomfortable or fearful about seeking help.

Tell me about your favorite volunteer experience?  

The truth is they are all my favorite experience. To engage with the volunteers and our fearless leaders Mister Sai! Is always enlightening and brings new ideas on how to talk with everyone and put others at ease about the subject of mental health fitness.  I’ve been doing this for a year or so and looking forward to learning more, grow more each outing.

Keep Oregon Well is centered around wellness and self-care. Tell us about some of the ways you take care of yourself.

To battle the daily things that challenge my mental health. I reading lots books, singing (everyday), dancing(everyday), learning some new each day piano, guitar, music.  I also practice the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz 1. Be impeccable you word 2. Don’t take anything personally 3. Don’t make assumptions 4. Always do your best.  These agreements keep me focused on the now, and present.  Allowing, me to ask myself truthfully about my fears or misconceptions, to ask others when I don’t know the answer (this happens a lot) and giving myself permission to be human. That making mistakes is a way to grow, nobody came walking upright. LOL

To close our chat today, do you have a favorite quote you would be willing to share?

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Is there anything you would add?

I also love a new acronym WAIT ( Why Am I talking?) this keep me listening instead of talking about subjects I might not be familiar with in depth, allowing me to check my emotions, examine my ignorance and anger. This also, allows me a moment to reflect and provide what I really know about a subject/topic to the conversation.

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