Learning From Our Neighbors

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the first ever Kansas/Missouri Behavioral Health Coalitions Conference. Each year the states have done one individually, but they realized together, they are stronger and joined forces. It was amazing to see what they were able to pull off as they brought at least 1,200 people together from both states who share a passion for serving the behavioral health communities in their areas.

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Mental Health Crisis in Indonesia

More than 57,000 people in Indonesia with mental health conditions have been subject to pasung. Pasung is the practice of being shackled or locked up in a confined space for an extended period of time as form of “treatment.” Currently, there are an estimated 18,000 people in Indonesia who are victims to pasung, and nearly 57,000 people have experienced it in their lifetime.

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15 Mental Health Facts

2016 marks the 15th year for The Kim Foundation as a local nonprofit and mental health advocate. We have dedicated ourselves to reducing the stigma associated with mental illness by being a supportive resource and compassionate voice for lives touched by mental illness and suicide. When you look at the 15 mental health statistics listed below, it is apparent that our work remains a priority for us to see positive change in the mental health field.

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Why People-First Language Matters

As I was pondering what to write about this month, I was struck by the number of cringe worthy moments I was experiencing while reading a variety of media outlets or hearing presentations by experts and providers in the mental health field. Too often I am reading or hearing, “mentally ill person,” or “bipolar individual,” or “suicidal person.” Why does this matter? Well because, above all else, this person is still that, a person.

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