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.
“We cannot heal what we conceal.„
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.