Skagit Valley: From Stigma to Hope


by New Day Producers

Posted on October 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 7 at 11:25 AM

Over the past few months, New Day's brought you real stories, from real people affected by mental illness - and the doctors who've helped them - through our ongoing series, “From Stigma to Hope”. Today we were joined by the Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, they're committed to treating mental illness and creating a community where patients can thrive.
We met:
Jennifer Kingsley, Director of Skagit County Community Services. “As a community, we came together in a summit in 2008 to lay out our priorities to help meet the needs of those living with mental illness, housing, expansion of inpatient care and crisis services.    
Corin Schneider, Director of Case Management, Skagit Valley Hospital, oversees the hospital's 15-bed Mental Health Center. “Our organization has a commitment to mental health services -- while other programs are closing, we are in the midst of remodeling and expanding our inpatient Mental Health Center to better serve the needs of the people of Skagit County. This investment is made possible by the generosity of the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation and funding from the hospital along with the federal and state governments. Our partnership with the county, NAMI and other programs are a key to caring for those living with mental illness. It is because we work so well together that we are able to work to improve mental health care in the region.”
Antonella Novi, a patient and member of the Mental Health Advisory Board for Skagit County and peer counselor.
23rd annual Festival of Trees
Signature fund-raising event by the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation on Thanksgiving weekend
Gala auction of elaborately decorated Christmas trees on Friday, Nov. 25 at St. Joseph Center in Mount Vernon
Trees on display for Family Festival Days, Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27
Proceeds go to the Mental Health Center project
Tickets and information by calling 360-814-5747