Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month?
The goal is to bring awareness to the importance of mental health and break the stigma.
About 25% of American adults experience a mental health challenge of some kind, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
But many people who experience mental health challenges keep their situation and stories to themselves—they’re afraid of being treated differently.
But, as Disability Rights California writes, “Especially during this challenging pandemic, it’s even more important to take care of ourselves and not be afraid to ask for help. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and it’s important to remember, we are not alone.”
Here are mental health resources recommended by various UCP employees:
Hey, this is really cool!
A former customer of UCP Oregon was one of the consultants for Portland’s new inclusive playground at Gabriel Park.
You might remember Linda from her days as a customer of UCP Oregon's Supported Employment Services.
Linda used our services while she worked as a research assistant in Portland State University’s Universal Design Lab. She was also featured in one of our Annual Reports.
Linda recently served on Portland Parks & Recreation's Gabriel Park Playground Advisory Committee.
Linda was born in Portland—a city with numerous beautiful parks—but, as Linda says, when she went to the playground as a kid, “I could not do anything, but I would sit my feet in the wading pool.”
That's why Linda was delighted to serve on the Gabriel Park Playground Advisory Committee. While Linda wishes inclusive playgrounds had existed when she was a kid, late is better late than never!
The new playground officially opened on May 14th.
Do you love parades?
We're excited to tell you that UCP's Family Support Department will be participating in the 2022 Junior Rose Parade.
And we want EVERYONE who loves UCP Oregon--that's customers, families, friends, and employees--to join us!
The event will be held on June 8, 2022 from 1-3pm in the Hollywood District.
Did you know that May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month?
According to the CDC, approximately 1 in 10 Asian American adults have a disability. This can lead to some complicated experiences.
As activist Megan Liang writes, “As an Asian American woman with a visible disability, I have always felt as if all parts of my identity were for the world to see and judge… I felt like I couldn’t ask for help in fear that I would be seen as even smaller and weaker.”
That’s why Megan and others like her are hoping to shine a light on the intersection of disability and Asian identity.