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About Us

We are the Gorge Wellness Alliance, a group of local health advocates, survivors, and community members. Our mission is to promote compassion for every person in the Gorge because we believe that we can create a stigma-free culture and prevent suicide.

Nearly 40% of adults and 25% of youth in the Columbia Gorge are living with a mental health condition or struggling with alcohol or drug use. But many don’t seek help due to stigma. This is a major problem in our rural, bi-state community. Our goal is to combat this stigma.

One Community Health founded the Gorge Wellness Alliance in 2018 and launched the "Cultivate: Compassion" campaign to reduce stigma and promote emotional health and wellness. We continue this important work.

In January 2021, we have expanded our focus. The Gorge Wellness Alliance now houses suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention efforts across the lifespan for the Columbia Gorge community. Join us at our general member meetings to collaborate!

Together, we can cultivate a more compassionate and stigma-free community

For more information or to join our general member meetings, contact Belinda Ballah

Let’s talk. Let’s listen. Let’s cultivate compassion.

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We also appreciate the support of:

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