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

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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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