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Mental Health and Gun Violence

The cultural conflation of severe mental illness and violence, particularly gun violence, is nothing new. This conflation might be warranted if there were a correlation between mental illness and violence, especially gun violence. There is, however, no such correlation. The implied correlation every time there is a public incident of gun violence does nothing to combat gun violence, but instead scapegoats and stigmatizes and already vulnerable population.

Read more about mental health and gun violence here.

WellCare and Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics

WellCare has removed the long-acting injectable antipsychotics Abilify Maintenna and Invega Sustenna from their Preferred Drug List. These medications have been clinically shown to be effective in the treatment of schizophrenia and to dramatically increase patient adherence.

Read more about the negative impact this will have on Kentuckians who live with schizophrenia here.

The ACA Repeal and Mental Health

A repeal of the ACA without a replacement that preserves consumer protections for pre-existing conditions, the advance premium tax credit, and expanded Medicaid would be catastrophic for the 57 million Americans who live with mental illness.

Click here to read why.

State of Mental Health in America

For the third year in a row, Mental Health America has released its annual State of Mental Health Report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several mental health and access measures. The results show a country that is indeed more insured, but still falling dramatically short in meeting the needs of those with mental health concerns.

Click here to read the report.

Free Mental Health Clinic Opening Soon in Louisville!!

Mental Health America of Kentucky will be opening a new, free, mental health clinic in Louisville. The clinic will be opening in February, 2017. The clinic will be operated entirely by volunteer staff and will be completely free of charge.

Click here for more information or visit the clinic’s website.

Preaching and Mental Health

White Paper on Preaching & Mental Illness

Congregations too often hear little or nothing from their preachers about mental illness; or, worse, they hear things concerning mental illness that do more harm than good. One in four people in our population struggle with mental illness; 25% of a congregation must strive to live with an illness that creates stigma in our society. The percentage of those affected by mental illness rises exponentially when we include the parents, significant others, children, friends and co-workers of those who have a mental illness. We are in denial if we imagine the statistics in the general population are not represented as well in our congregations. If preaching is to be relevant to the full depth of the human condition as experienced in our day, sermons must deal with mental illness and mental health.

Mental Health America of Kentucky has several resources for use within congregations. If you are interested in creating a mental health ministry within your congregation, reserving a speaker, or any of our other resources, please contact Bonnie Cook at bcook@mhaky.org or call 859-684-7777.

Psychiatric Advance Directives: Taking Care of Yourself

An advance directive is a written document that expresses your wishes in advance about what types of treatments, services and other assistance you want during a personal mental health crisis. A directive provides a clear statement of your medical treatment preferences and other wishes or instructions. You can also use it to grant legal decision-making authority to another person to be your advocate and agent until the crisis is over.

What are the benefits of having an advance directive?

A psychiatric advance directive can:

  • Promote your autonomy and empowerment;
  • Enhance communications between you, your doctor, treatment team and family;
  • Protect you from ineffective, unwanted or possibly harmful treatment or actions;
  • Help prevent crisis situations and reduce the use of involuntary treatment or safety interventions, such as restraint or seclusion.

Visit MHA’s website for more information – Psychiatric Advance Directives: Taking Care of Yourself

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