More than 264 million people worldwide are affected by depression, according to the World Health Organization, and although many mental health conditions can be effectively treated at relatively low cost, many people who need treatment do not receive it. 
As Rotary President for 2023-24, Gordon McInally is placing a special focus on global mental health.   Click Read more to find out why....
In January 2023, then Rotary International President-Elect Gordon McInally shared a story with a captivated audience at the International Assembly. Gordon’s story was about Gordon’s best friend Ian. The two were inseparable. They participated in sports together, went on vacations, served as each other’s best man.
Later in life, Ian started to withdraw from Gordon, family, and friends. Ian went to a very dark place. One day Gordon got a call. Ian took his life. Ian was not only Gordon’s best friend, but Ian was also Gordon’s brother.
“As Rotary members, we have a unique ability to reach out to people who may have no other access to this kind of care. And as an organization built on friendship and service, we can help guide our fellow Rotary members in a trusting, caring manner. All of us can serve our communities by engaging openly in discussions about mental health and wellness and establishing a solid foundation for preventative and interventional measures in your area.” – Gordon McInally
Rotary Action Group (RAG) Mental Health Initiative members are interested in breaking stigma, raising awareness, and increasing access to prevention and treatment of mental disorders.
In support of these efforts, District 7780 has formed a Mental Health Committee.  This Committee is recognized as District 7780 Chapter of the Rotary Action Group- mental Health Initiatives (RAGMHI).
To improve the mental health and wellness of all Rotarians and community members by offering welcoming, hopeful, and trauma-informed practices and spaces, supporting community connections, and reducing social isolation.
  • Create a campaign which centers curiosity and consent while working to destigmatize mental health struggles and de-shame suicidal ideation.
  • Uplift and support people with lived/living experience as subject matter experts.
  • Enhance community care-seeking and care-giving skills.
  • Identify and promote diverse prevention and healing opportunities.
This is a great start. If you or your club is interested in joining this journey, please reach out to: Kiley Wilkens