OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) — Statistics say one in five Americans will have mental health problems in a given year.
Unaddressed mental illness hurts individuals and their families, and results in lost productivity.
In an effort to initiate conversation and relieve the stigma surrounding mental health issues, the Daviess County Public Library will be hosting a forum, focusing on mental health in America.
The event will take place on Thursday from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
“The purpose of this program is to engage in friendly and open-minded discussion of topics that are often polarizing and without a definitive solution,” Lisa Maiden, Adult Programming Coordinator.
Maiden adds, “Our first forum will focus on mental health care in America. This is a topic that impacts not only the person suffering but their friends, family, and the work environment. People are often embarrassed to talk about mental health issues, and not always sure where they can turn to for help. Our hope is to create a safe environment that fosters communication and a better understanding of the issue at hand.”
Leading the discussion will be Mike Fulkerson, the author of “Treatment Planning from a Reality Therapy Perspective,” and is the Program Manager of Therapeutic Community Support Services at RiverValley Behavioral Health.
The program will address the how we can we reduce the impact of mental illness in America.
(This story was originally published on January 23, 2020)