New Executive Director
Mental Health America of Kentucky, the Commonwealth’s longest serving mental health organization, serving Kentucky’s mental health community since 1951, is pleased to announce the selection of Marcie Timmerman, MHA, as our new executive director. Ms. Timmerman will fill the vacancy left by the departure of former executive director Bonnie Cook, MAS.
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Mental Health Month 2017
Since 1949, Mental Health America and affiliates like Mental Health America of Kentucky have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings.
Click here for more information about Mental Health Month as well as resources for how you can participate as an individual or an organization.
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.
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.
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.