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building awareness
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, KWRCC joins our community partners and the nation to raise awareness about mental health.
Let's join together to fight stigmas, provide support to those affected by mental illness, educate our community, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
Individual Impacts of
Mental Illness
  • 20.6% of U.S. adults (51.5 million people) experienced mental illness in 2019, but only 43.8% of them received treatment.*

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, but less than half get treatment.

  • 5.2% of U.S. adults (13.1 million people) experienced serious mental illness in 2019, but only 65.5% of them received treatment.*

  • 1 in 20 U.S. adults experiences a serious mental illness each year, but less than two-thirds get treatment.*

  • 16.5% of U.S. youth aged 6–17 (7.7 million people) experienced a mental health disorder in 2016, but only 50.6% of them received treatment.

  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth experience a mental health condition each year, but only half get treatment.

  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.

  • The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999. 
Community Impacts of Mental Illness
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth.

  • Transgender adults are nearly 12x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population.

  • The average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years.

  • 55% of U.S. counties do not have a single practicing psychiatrist.*

  • 3.8% of U.S. adults experienced both mental illness and a substance use disorder in 2019 (9.5 million people).*

  • Mental illness and substance use disorders are involved in 1 out of every 8 emergency department visits by a U.S. adult (estimated 12 million visits).

  • 20.5% of people experiencing homelessness in the U.S. have a serious mental health condition.*

  • 37% of adults incarcerated in the state and federal prison system have a diagnosed mental illness.

  • 70.4% of youth in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosed mental illness.

  • 41% of Veteran’s Health Administration patients have a diagnosed mental illness or substance use disorder.
Mental Health Conditions
Interested in volunteering with KWRCC?
For more information and
volunteer opportunities contact:

Amber Frederick or Ellamy Tiller
Our Services
We are here to support victims, their families, and the community in every way we can during the pandemic. 

KWRCC continues to provide all of our domestic violence and sexual assault services and our shelter remains open for those in need of assistance.

Services have been modified to increase social distancing and prevent infection. 
Crisis Line Services
Trained advocates are available 24/7 to provide emotional support and assistance with crisis situations. We are here to listen and help! 

907-486-3625 (local)
888-486-3625 (toll free)
Donations & Donation Room
Our KWRCC Donation Room is once again open Monday-Friday 9am-3pm and on a limited basis due to limited occupancy. Please contact us prior to visiting.


We ARE accepting ALL donations including clothing. We continue to have a significant need for unopened, non-perishable food items, paper products, cleaners, adult and child mediations, and financial donations.

For more information about donations please visit our Donations webpage.
In and effort to protect our clients and staff please contact us by phone if possible before coming to our shelter for assistance or to provide donations. This will help us plan the safest way for each individual situation.

907-486-6171 (staffed 24/7)
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KWRCC Board of Directors
President: Heidi Barret-McNerney
Vice President: Debbie Olson
Treasurer: Karissa Stoecker
Secretary: Cassie Keplinger
Board Member: Kim Sibrel
Board Member: Megan Ivanoff
Board Member: Selida Guitron-Padilla
Board Member: Katherine Gronn
Board Member: Hailey Thompson
Executive Director: Rebecca Shields
Administrative Assistant: Mary Lund
SART & Shelter Coordinator: Penny Lampl
Case Management: Melissa Austin
Outreach Advocate: Amber Frederick
Outreach Advocate: Ellamy Tiller
Outreach Technology: Ann Kirven
Immigrant Advocate: Trinidad Ardoña
Advocate: Pinky Cruz
Advocate: Florence Darling
Advocate: Kimberly Dolph
Advocate: Debbie Eggemeyer
Advocate: Skylar Gertz
Advocate: Marie Jmili
Advocate: Lisa Johnson