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The Governors Behavioral Health Planning Council is composed of 33 members, 17 of whom are appointed by the governor. One other Kansas Community Mental Health Center Director serves on the Council. Behavioral Health Planning councils are established by Federal law and exist in every U.S. state and territory. They monitor, review and evaluate behavioral health services within the state, advocate for quality behavioral health services and review and make recommendations regarding the Federal Mental Health Block Grant.
Cole is also a member of the Planning Council’s Veteran’s Subcommittee.
National Recovery month is an observance held every September to promote recovery for people with mental health or substance use disorders. The theme for Recovery Month 2015 is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable.” The theme challenges individuals in recovery and their support systems to share their stories of recovery, to encourage those in the middle of recovery, and to promote the valuable lessons and experiences people in recovery can share.
While recovery from a mental illness or substance use disorder can be challenging, there are several things a person can do to help in their own recovery efforts. According to information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), people in recovery have a better chance of reaching their goals and feeling better if they participate in treatment or support groups. Research has also found that the lives of persons going through recovery are greatly improved if they themselves help others or share their recovery stories with others. The support of family, friends, and the community is also vital to those in recovery.
For the past 59 years, Pawnee Mental Health Services has been a leader in providing treatment to those in recovery and in advocating for them on a community and state level. Please join us in celebrating recovery month by encouraging people you know who are going through recovery: let them know they are valuable, listen to their stories, and support community efforts to help all those in recovery!
Adam McCaffrey, LSCSW, LAC
Director of Therapy and Recovery Services
Pawnee Mental Health Services
Robbin Cole, Executive Director for Pawnee Mental Health Services was interviewed by KSNT news about too many mentally ill people filling jails. Click here for the complete story.
September 7-13 is National Suicide Prevention Week. September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is estimated that over 800,000 people die of suicide each year world-wide. 41,149 people (13 per 100,000) died of suicide in the United States in 2013, making suicide the 10th leading cause of all deaths in our nation.
Kansas statistics mirror national numbers. Four hundred twenty five (425) people (14.7 per 100,000) died of suicide in Kansas in 2013, making suicide is the 10th leading cause of all deaths in our state.
Suicide is a complex issue with psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors involved. The strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.
Mental illness is generally associated with suicide. It is estimated that more than 90% of all people who die of suicide have a significant mental illness at the time of their death. These illnesses are often undiagnosed, untreated or both. When both substance use and mental disorders are present, the risk for suicide is even greater.
It is estimated that at least six additional people (survivors of suicide) are personally affected each time someone dies of suicide, averaging nearly 250,000 people in the United States annually. The grief that follows the suicide of someone close can be intense, complex and long lasting.
Suicide is a public health concern. Suicide prevention must be a priority. Reducing the stigma associated with receiving treatment for mental health and substance use disorders is a place to start. Mental illnesses and substance use disorders are treatable. Suicide is preventable.
Reaching out and offering support to people who are struggling can be a life-saving act. Linking people to relevant professional services to ensure appropriate care and follow-up is an important aspect of reaching out. Reaching out to persons bereaved by a suicide is of equal importance and can also provide a lifeline for them. The American Association of Suicidology offers a variety of resources and programs at www.suicidology.org or
If you or someone you know needs help, please contact your personal physician or mental health practitioner, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Pawnee Mental Health Services at
1-785-587-4300 (Manhattan) or 1-800-609-2002. Hope is waiting. Help is here.
Pawnee Mental Health Services
Pawnee Mental Health Services will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of Labor Day.