Behavioral Health and Mental Well-Being

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Behavioral Health and Mental Well-Being

Our community is healthier and more resilient due to a shift to a new collective mindset and understanding of behavioral health / mental well-being and how to improve whole-person health.


Our 4 Community Impact Areas are designed to deliver positive lasting change by forging innovative partnerships, finding new solutions to old problems, cultivating the best resources and inspiring action to create the change we all want to see in Gallatin, Madison, Meagher and Park Counties.

PDF of GGUW Strategic Plan for Behavioral Health & Mental Well-Being - 2018-2023  

Strategic Focus Area Statement for Behanvioral Health & Mental Well-Being (In 5 years, what will be different for our community?)

  • Our community is healthier and more resilient due to a shift to a new collective mindset and understanding of behavioral health / mental well-being and how to improve whole-person health.

Strategic Outcomes for Behavioral Health & Mental-Well-Being (What results are we trying achieve?)

A more resilient community with a shifted mindset involves:
  • Normalization and understanding of behavioral health as a component of whole-person health;
  • People recognize signs and symptoms of behavioral health and illness;
  • People know how and are willing to access help;
  • Mental healthcare is available (appropriate levels, adequate amount, compassionate care, etc.); and
  • People contribute to others’ well-being.

Strategic Objectives for Behavioral Health & Mental Well-Being  (What will GGUW do to ensure outcomes happen; what tasks and/or action?)

  • Actively oversee community’s operational capacity.
  • Create the “new normal” by defining, establishing and promoting a new community mindset.
  • Resource the “new normal” by delivering workshops, training and tools that support the culture shift.
  • Fund key programs and services by raising dollars for our Community Impact Fund.

Strategic 5-year Goals for Behavioral Health & Mental Well-Being (What specific, measurable goals GGUW has in place to help achieve outcomes?)

  • GGUW’s funding capacity is, on average, $200K annually, which helps support programs and services focusing on behavioral health and mental well-being (i.e. Help Center 2-1-1 Fund, Elevating Behavioral Health Initiative, survivor support, and resilience-building education). 
  • 100 businesses are actively promoting and engaging in improving the mental health of their employees through providing information and education on stress reduction, resilience building, and volunteerism. 
  • People think differently about behavioral health and mental well-being as measured by the following:
  • Steady decrease in number of people who report poor mental health days via the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA survey).
  • Steady increase in number of people who report receiving mental health care services in the CHNA survey.
  • 100% increase in the number of calls to the Help Center 2-1-1 from 16,477 to 32,000. 
  • 3,000 unique individuals participate in one or more GGUW mental health learning opportunities. 

Why focus on Behanvioral Health & Mental Well-Being?

  • MT has consistently ranked in the top 5 states for suicide rates per capita for over 40 years.  MT rates are double the national average.  It is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 13 to 45 years.
  • MT ranks 2nd for alcohol related deaths.
  • 1 in 4 people will experience mental illness during their lifetime.
  • MT ranks 47th out of 50 states for Health.  Indicators include low-birth weight babies; children without health insurance; child and teen deaths, and; teens who abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • 93% of persons with a substance abuse disorder are not receiving treatment.
  • All 56 counties in Montana designated behavioral health as a top priority.
  • MT ranks 14th for Family and Community.  Indicators include children in single parent families; children in families where head of household lacks high school diploma, and; children living in high-poverty areas, and teen births.
  • MT ranks 47th for children living apart from their parents (in foster care).  130% increase in foster care placements and 60% are due to drug and alcohol abuse/addiction.
  • MT ranks 33rd for Long Term Care and 34th for Health based on the World Health Organization's definition of health, "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."