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: Rachael Barron

Why does mental health matter to you?

Mental health matters to me because we all deserve to live our lives to their fullest. I, like many struggled with mental health issues particularly in my youth. I know first hand it is nearly

impossible to live a day-to-day life when suffering from mental health issues. I believe without a healthy mental health status an individual lacks the

foundation to live a healthy life.  When our mental health is not functioning well one is not capable of living their life to its fullest.

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

I wanted to get more involved with my local community and find a nonprofit organization to volunteer my time. A few things that were important for me were being a part of an organization that focuses on community, as well as an organization that was local. Being that mental health is a wide spread issue I wanted to focus my time in an organization which specialized in this area. I came across Trillium and met Shanin the volunteer coordinator at my first volunteer event and knew that this was a perfect fit me.

Tell me about your favorite volunteer experience? 

Self-care day has been by far my favorite experience; usually consisting of face painting, nail painting, makeup, art station, essential oils, and a clay station. There are few events that the children are a part of, at this event we get to interact with the children.  It brings me such happiness to see the joy these few hours bring to the children. It is also super cool to see the different levels of creativity that the individuals bring to the table. I always look forward to this monthly event.

Keep Oregon Well is centered around wellness and self-care. 

Tell us about some of the ways you take care of yourself. 

Since middle school and beyond one of my favorite self-care things to practice have been sleep. It may sound silly, but I love sleep and getting enough sleep is wonderful way to take care of ones self. I also love running and shoot to run at least 3-4 times per week. For me running helps relive stress, and clears my mind. My form of meditation is cooking it has a calming affect on me; I cook dinner at least 5 nights a week. Lastly taking pride in my appearance. I always make sure to take a few extra minutes to put myself together. When I look put together its helps me feel mentally more put together. In my opinion it is such a simple task, which yields an even bigger reward. 

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

Its was difficult to pick just one …

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” — Helen Keller

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss


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