Health Initiative


Mental health is an important part of overall health, including our emotional, psychological and social well-being. Our mental health affects how we think, feel and act, as well as how we handle stress, relate to others and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. The number of people worldwide diagnosed with mental illness has been increasing during the past decade. In the United States, it is estimated that 20% to 25% of adults are affected by mental illness.



  • Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the U.S. More than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC)
  • 5 in 10 of the leading causes of disability worldwide are mental health problems. (World Health Organization)
  • The U.S. estimates 200 million days lost from work each year due to mental illnesses. (World Health Organization)
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the 2nd leading cause of death for individuals 10-34. (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
  • Mental Health was ranked the #1 health concern in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties in the 2021 Community Health Assessment.


Mental Health of Chippewa Valley residents will improve by utilizing prevention and intervention programs.



Support of programming that use strategies such as: identifying supportive relationships, utilizing effective coping skills, decreasing or abstaining from risky behaviors and developing effective safety plans.

These strategies are implemented through prevention and intervention programs such as: mentoring, physical wellness programs, counseling, free clinic mental health services and prescription administration, school based mental health and domestic violence programming.

Local health partners began performing the Community Health Assessments for Chippewa and Eau Claire counties this past fall. This process involved conducting a Community Health Survey; reviewing secondary data (local, state, and national health comparisons); holding virtual Community Conversations; and meeting with local health coalitions (Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership and Eau Claire Healthy Communities). The results will be used to develop Community Health Improvement Plans for each county, and these plans will be used to drive local health improvement efforts over the next three years (until the next Community Health Assessment).