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The mission of South Lane Mental Health is to restore hope and renew lives through compassionate mental health services, support, and advocacy.

South Lane Mental Health is deeply concerned by the recent conflict that occurred between Cottage Grove police officers and a member of the community we serve.  Our agency is dedicated to healing trauma. We hope to provide a caring presence for all involved in this incident. We also look forward to continuing dialogue with the community, Lane County, the City of Cottage Grove officials, and the Cottage Grove Police Department around mental health awareness, mobile crisis services and crisis de-escalation. In this time of heightened emotions, there is an opportunity for us to come together and reimagine how we can meet the needs of our most vulnerable community members.                                           

We recognize that many of the institutions in American society have roots in institutionalized discrimination, which includes the mental health field. We believe it’s important to recognize this as we move forward in our work with our community partners.  We hope to bring together local and county partners using a trauma-informed lens and to ease defenses rather than add to them.   We feel the need to emphasize that our neutrality is not indifference.  Vulnerability will create change. – Alison Canino, Executive Director

SOUTH LANE MENTAL HEALTH is a non-profit community mental health organization serving southern Lane County, and Springfield. Since 1988, South Lane Mental Health has been committed to helping people affected by mental illness and emotional problems, to better understand their condition and take steps toward recovery and living independently and productively in the community.

Our therapists help children and adults realize full and productive lives through counseling (depression, anxiety, etc.), case management,  medication managementcrisis services (suicide prevention, PTSD related symptoms, etc.) , recovery services (alcohol and drug abuse), intensive outpatient servicessupported employment and supported housing.  Please contact us if you or someone you care about needs help: 541-942-3939.

Rental Application Assistance for our Clients in Need
Homelessness is a growing problem and, as is usually the case, it is not a chosen way of life for most. Circumstances beyond a person’s control can often have devastating effects, creating unsafe living conditions; and, being unhoused has a huge detrimental effect on one’s mental health. The average cost of a rental application is $40, and many of our clients don’t have extra money for this purpose, therefore remain unhoused, or in poor living conditions.
South Lane Mental Health estimates that every month approximately 15 clients come to us asking for financial assistance for rental applications. We’d like to help every client that comes to us with this need, but as a non-profit we just don’t have the means to do this. We are asking the community to come together in support of your neighbors who need help in this way.
Based on the numbers of clients that make this request each month and the average numbers of applications needing to be filled out if they had the money to do so, we estimate that this need is in the ballpark of $3,600 for one year’s worth of assistance for our clients. The Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church has stepped up to partially fill this need – Thank you CGPC! – and we are hopeful that other local organizations and individuals will do the same. If 45 individuals give $40 each, we will reach this goal. Thank you in advance for your support, and please click below to donate:
 

https://www.facebook.com/donate/2393260120973561/

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number is now 988. 
The old number, available 24 hours a day in English and Spanish is still operable as well: 800-273-8255.
In the fall of 2020, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act was passed by Congress establishing 988 as a three-digit nationwide mental health and suicidal crisis number. For more information, click here: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/current-events/the-lifeline-and-988/

The staff at South Lane Mental Health seek to promote equity and inclusion within our agency as well as the larger Cottage Grove Community. Our hearts go out to members of our community that have been impacted directly or indirectly by recent and historic violence against people of color. We believe that black lives matter, and we support those that seek justice and equity for all.  The pain, frustration, and emotional toll that communities of color continually endure due to systemic racism add to existing disparities.

The time is now for all of us to work together to build stronger communities, address social, health, and economic disparities, and to heal the divisions in our society.  We call on all community members, especially those in leadership roles, to model compassion and strive for constructive solutions.

Please check out our Equity and Inclusion page for more information on this important topic. Click this link: https://www.slmh.org/dei/

South Lane Mental Health’s stance on Roe v Wade: https://www.slmh.org/roe-vs-wade/

Masks are required for all South Lane Mental Health staff, clients, and visitors in public areas of our buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Please speak with your therapist prior to your in-person appointment if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you.

Our Offices:

The Bohemia Residential Center

The Center for Recovery

75 S. 5th St., Cottage Grove

1245 Birch Ave., Cottage Grove

Our Island Park Office

288 Mill St., Springfield

Our Main Office

1345 Birch Ave., Cottage Grove

Our Downtown Office

37 N. 6th St., Cottage Grove

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