Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services and the Behavioral Health Division awarded the Arts Alliance the Super Heart Hero Award for the Ask the Question Project, our collaborative suicide awareness project.

Every May, Clackamas County celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month by recognizing local super heroes and honoring their contributions to behavioral health. Residents of the county nominate neighbors, organizations and leaders that promote hope, healing and recovery in the community. The Arts Alliance was nominated by the Clackamas Behavioral Health Zero Suicide Implementation Team.  A review panel made up of mental health professionals and citizens with lived experience have chosen you as the recipient of the Super Heart Partner Award.

The Ask the Question Project has the goal of breaking down the stigma around suicide through sharing the images and stories of suicide survivors. The final portraits are the result of a project that involved photography, filmmaking and the participant’s handwriting. Each participant’s personal experience with suicidal ideation and attempts, revealed during interviews, was essential to the artists’ work.

The portraits are currently hanging at Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center Gallery until May 7.

You can learn more about the Super Heart Hero Award here.

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