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 12th, the 2018 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, followed by a dance party afterwards!

In the days leading up to and 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 2018’s “Keep Oregon Well” Mental Health Heroes Award Recipients:

May 1st – Brian Willoughby
May 2nd – Oregon Recovers
May 3rd – Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, MD
May 4th – Galli Murray, LCSW
May 5th – Vetspeak Portland
May 6th – Bob Nikkel, MSW
May 7th – Lanesha Reagan
May 8th – Officer Jason Jones
May 9th – Baby Blues Connection
May 10th – Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD
May 11th – Kaiser Permanente NW
May 12th – Anna Mallery
May 13th – CareOregon
May 14th – F. Javier Nieto, MD, MPH, PhD
May 15th – The Rosewood Initiative
May 16th – Mary Halsey Guild
May 17th – Asian Health & Service Center
May 18th – Janie Gullickson
May 19th – Self Enhancement, Inc. (S.E.I.)
May 20th – The Standard
May 21st – Meghan Caughey MFA, CPRP
May 22nd – Unity Center for Behavioral Health
May 23rd – Rhona Mahl
May 24th – 4th Dimension Recovery Center (4D)
May 25th – Cyreena Boston Ashby
May 26th – Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer
May 27th – The Oregon Public House
May 28th – Nora Elizabeth Jameson, M.S., B.S., B.A.
May 29th – The Miracles Club
May 30th – Lusijah Marx, Psy.D.
May 31st – Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)

To celebrate this year’s heroes in person, please join us for our annual Black & Gold Gala in Portland on Saturday, May 12th at The Nines. Tickets, tables and sponsorship opportunities available HERE, or by emailing Trillium’s Community Engagement Director, Stephanie Warneke, at

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

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