We are honored to take part in Cuts for Compassion, an event organized by the Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human, an art and social change exhibit currently on display at Seattle City Hall. Artist and curator Kate Vrijomoet organized this event to work towards de-stigmatizing mental illness, and we feel privileged to be a part of it. As Kate said, "through connection, kindness and compassion we reduce the stigma of mental illness." We couldn't agree more.
On February 2nd, we'll be offering dry cuts to the residents of Orion Center, a young adult shelter run by YouthCare. They provide safe, overnight emergency shelter for up to twenty 18-24 year olds, where they can do their laundry, take a hot shower and eat a meal. This shelter is also an entry point to other services – more permanent housing options, education and employment opportunities, health care and case management.
The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human is on exhibit at City Hall through February 27. It is comprised of work by local Seattle artists, intending to shed light on the effect mental illness has on society to eliminate the stigma and shame of mental illness.
According to a 2012 CEHKC study, 8% of the homeless population in King County are homeless youths. Studies have found high rates of mental problems among homeless youth; mental health issues manifest both as a cause and a consequence of homelessness. 66% of the youth served by YouthCare are experiencing some type of mental illness.