RC Mental Health Association Receives Grant to Inform Community about Mental Illness

The Randolph County Mental Health Association has received a grant for $2,100 from Mental Health America of Indiana to stage a Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month during May 2013. Each of the Thursday evening forums will be open to the public at no cost. Working in partnership with First Presbyterian Church of Winchester (201 E Franklin St.), the MHA will host the 4 forums at the church, one each on particular mental health diagnoses such as depression, bipolar and schizoaffective disorders, ADD/ADHS/Autism Spectrum, and co-occurring mental illness with substance abuse. Local Mental Health professionals will present information on each topic and materials from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will be available. Local partners with MHA and First Presbyterian Church in presenting these events will also be the Randolph County Community Foundation, Randolph County United Way, The Winchester Area Chamber of Commerce, and St. Vincent Randolph Hospital. An MHA committee has been formed including Linda DeHaven, AnnMarie Browne, Yolanda Thayer, Angela Smiley, David Rees (Executive Director of Drug-Free Randolph County and the Mental Health Association) and the Rev. Chérie Isakson (President of the DFRC/MHA Board and pastor of First Presbyterian Church). For more information, contact Cherie Isakson at 765-584-5141.