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SUGGESTED CONTENT: The People of Providence is brought to you by the Providence Foundations of Oregon. Learn how philanthropy is ensuring all patients with anxiety, depression and other behavioral health issues can receive innovative, personal, life-changing care.

Robin Henderson, Psy.D., is the Chief Executive of Behavioral Health at Providence Medical Group in Oregon

Meet Robin Henderson, Psy.D.

Chief Executive, Behavioral Health

Providence Medical Group - Oregon

"There is no playbook for this - how we suddenly go from being a social society to an isolated one."

Tell us about yourself.

I'm a licensed psychologist, and I grew up in Salem. My favorite hobby is baking. I am a practitioner of "the art of pie." House favorites include salted caramel apple and key lime.

Why did you choose Providence?

Providence has the largest behavioral health program in Oregon, with the ability to knit all the health care pieces together under one coherent vision. There is no wrong door for care. Wherever and whenever you come to us, we will care for your emotional, physical and mental well-being.

How has COVID-19 affected people's mental health?

There is no playbook for this - how we suddenly go from being a social society to an isolated one. This especially affects young people, and they're at risk for depression, anxiety, eating disorders and suicide. I'm pleased Providence is providing Talk2BeWell podcasts and Facebook live events to help support people during these difficult times.

Why does philanthropy matter to your work?

At some point in their lifetime, 1 out of 5 people will have a mental illness. The donors we've worked with often have personal stories within their families about mental illness. Sharing those stories, as well as providing financial support, helps destigmatize mental illness so more people will get the help they need.

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