The Mental Health Awareness Committee’s mission is to educate the public of Greater Cincinnati about mental health issues. It aims to increase knowledge of mental disorders and related issues, reduce the risk of mental disorders, increase mental wellness and encourage early and appropriate treatment. Its major achievement has been the creation of www.guidetofeelingbetter.org a website that discusses and promotes mental wellness.
The committee was formed in 1994, however in 2001 it began working on a public education campaign regarding depression, funded by an unrestricted grant from the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer.
Mission, goals, and objectives:
The committee’s mission is to educate the Greater Cincinnati area about staying mentally well.The goal of the 2003 community education campaign is to increase the likelihood that someone with a mental illness in the area will seek treatment.
Increase awareness of available treatment options within the Greater Cincinnati area.
Decrease stigma of mental illness or seeking treatment for mental illness.
Increase awareness that treatment for mental illness does work, and that people are entitled to care for their illness just as with a physical condition.
The Greater Cincinnati area, including Northern Kentucky.
Current plans/recent developments/important updates:
The website is an excellent resource on many topics related to mental wellness and continues to be upgraded with new information.
The committee is currently producing a cable access show called “Feeling Better.” The show highlights important mental health topics, including news headlines and profiles of community organizations. The shows are also available at the website, www.guidetofeelingbetter.org
Outreach is also being offered to physicians. A referral pad has been provided to physicians throughout the area. The pad lists resorces for children and adult mental health services. The committe also conducts various other awareness projects throughout the year.
Recruiting new members?
Requirements for membership:
Monthly meeting attendance and outside project work.
Meeting dates and times:
4th Wednesday of the month
Noon – 1:00
Mental Health Association of Northern Kentucky
513 Madison Ave., Covington, KY.
Jill King, Mental Health Association of Northern Kentucky