Kelly Gunning, Advocacy Director and John Landon are discussing
Mental Health Courts with Renee Shaw on Connections

Catch it this Fri­day, June 20th at 5:00pm on KET2
or this Sun­day, June 22nd at 1:30pm on KET

Mental health Peer Operated Centers provide a vital service to Kentuckians, according to president of 360 Mental Health Services, Dr. Tim Houchin, M.D.
Posted: May 28, 2014 9:01 AM EDT

May is Men­tal Health Month and what bet­ter time to acquaint read­ers with Peer Oper­at­ed Cen­ters, or POCs. These cen­ters offer edu­ca­tion, sup­port and, per­haps most impor­tant­ly, hope to those afflict­ed with seri­ous men­tal ill­ness.
Lex­ing­ton, Ken­tucky (PRWEB) May 28, 2014

On May 23, 2014 KYS­tars for Men­tal Health pre­sent­ed a day long con­fer­ence high­light­ing key com­po­nents of Ken­tuck­ys 8 Peer Oper­at­ed Cen­ters, or POCs.
So what are POCs and peer spe­cial­ists? The web­site for SAMSHA, a Fed­er­al gov­ern­ment men­tal health agency, defines a POC as a cen­ter that pro­vides ser­vices to indi­vid­u­als with sig­nif­i­cant men­tal health prob­lems. A peer spe­cial­ist is defined on the KYS­tars web­site as an adult with a psy­chi­atric dis­abil­i­ty who com­pletes the train­ing pro­gram pro­vid­ed by the Ken­tucky Divi­sion of Behav­ioral Health and pass­es both a writ­ten and an oral test.  Read More

Get better educated about mental illness at three upcoming events
By Merlene Davis Herald-Leader columnist May 20, 2014 

Men­tal ill­ness is a dis­ease.
Like oth­er dis­eases, it can be treat­ed. And, just like any oth­er dis­ease, with­out treat­ment it can get worse.
Ignor­ing men­tal ill­ness — and its many vari­eties — helps no one.
Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it seems that needs to be said over and over, because some of us, many of us, just don’t get it.
Mil­lions of our fam­i­ly mem­bers, neigh­bors, friends, teach­ers and politi­cians con­front their depres­sion, post-trau­mat­ic stress dis­or­der, schiz­o­phre­nia, anx­i­ety and bipo­lar dis­or­der dai­ly. And many of those same peo­ple have to try to con­trol their dis­ease alone and in silence, too afraid to seek help or dis­cour­aged from doing so. Read More

It’s past time to get rid of the embar­rass­ment of men­tal illness
By Mer­lene Davis Herald-Leader colum­nist Feb­ru­ary 24, 2014

Eve­lyn Mor­ton has been work­ing through depres­sion all of her life.  In the past, when the mood swings came, she iso­lated her­self, choos­ing to hide her con­di­tion rather than reveal it. That may have been a good thing.
The black com­mu­nity has not been very sup­port­ive of those with men­tal ill­ness, even though we expe­ri­ence rates of men­tal health issues sim­i­lar to those of the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. Blacks some­times con­sider men­tal ill­ness a weak­ness, which is why only about a third of those in need of treat­ment seek it.

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We can­not heal what we con­ceal.„
African Proverb

Join NAMI Lex­ing­ton in cel­e­brat­ing Black His­tory Month and in break­ing the silence about Men­tal Health issues! We gain pow­er and open up pos­si­bil­i­ties for help and heal­ing when we stop hid­ing our Men­tal Health prob­lems, and start to talk about feel­ings like sad­ness, depres­sion, fear, anx­i­ety, pan­ic, help­less­ness, ner­vous­ness, guilt and stress. As the orga­ni­za­tion P.E.E.R.S. points out, MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS.„
Dr. Lula Mor­ton Drewes Ph.D.


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