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Be a Difference-Maker This Mental Health Awareness Month

For 75 years, we have celebrated Mental Health Awareness Month in May. We use this month to raise awareness and address challenges faced by individuals living with mental health and substance use issues. While we have made significant progress in increasing awareness of mental health, there is still much work to be done. And we all have a role to play in bringing more awareness and understanding to mental health

Housing is a Building Block of Recovery

We often talk about how recovery is a journey, not a destination. But what building blocks have to be in place for us to even take the first step on that journey? You might think about having a support system, being willing to ask for help and holding hope that recovery is possible.

All of those things are true. But what about having a roof over your head?

Remembering Phil Bohlander, the Quintessential Therapist

A few weeks ago, Wyandot BHN lost one of our own. Phil Bohlander, a long-time therapist, passed away after an accident. Phil had been a steady and reassuring force in this organization for more than 30 years, most recently as a therapist on our adult outpatient therapy team. Phil mentored me when I first joined the Wyandot family as a new therapist in 1993. And he has done the same for countless other therapists over the past three decades. His passing is a significant loss for our staff, our clients and the larger community.

Kansas City is a Resilient City

Last week, Kansas City experienced an unthinkable tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of Chiefs fans had descended on downtown Kansas City to celebrate the Chiefs recent Super Bowl victory. But that joyous celebration ended in gunfire and now countless families are grieving and the city is collectively trying to process why this happened and how we move forward.

Caring for Yourself & Children After the Super Bowl Rally Shootings

In the aftermath of traumatic events such as what transpired at the Chiefs Super Bowl Rally, it is important to take care of yourself. For parents and other trusted adults, you may be helping young people navigate this tragedy as well. 

It’s Time for Kansas to Pass Medicaid Expansion

The Kansas Legislature is back in session. And as lawmakers convene in Topeka, many Kansans are left asking the same question. Will this be the year that Kansas finally adopts Medicaid Expansion?

Inclement Weather Service Update - Tuesday, January 9

Due to the forecasted snow and ice, Wyandot BHN's offices will be closed all day tomorrow. Crisis and other 24/7 services will remain open.

If you need to reschedule an appointment, please call (913) 328-4600. If you need immediate help, call our 24/7 crisis line: 913-788-4200.

Remembering a Life Cut Short

Strong. Determined. Someone who cared deeply about others.

Those are the words used to describe one of our consumers whose life was tragically cut short by the cold weather earlier this fall. Our entire Wyandot BHN team, especially those who knew and worked with this woman, extend our deepest condolences to her family.

Restoring Hope with the Promise of a Path Forward

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by a crowd of 300 friends, supporters, board members and staff at our Game Changer Gala. It was an inspiring evening – filled with joy, laughter and powerful stories of recovery. Together, we raised more than $111,000 to help make mental health and substance use treatment, as well as housing services, more accessible for thousands of people across Wyandotte County.

A New Chapter at ArtMakers

Under a sunshine yellow awning, a new chapter is dawning for Wyandot BHN’s ArtMakers program.

After more than a decade of providing a safe place for Wyandot BHN consumers to express themselves, ArtMakers, a therapeutic art studio, now has a new location to call home. The new location, near 7th Street and Central Avenue, recently opened and Jordan Graves, ArtMakers Clinical Coordinator, has big plans for expanding the program.

70 Years: A Time to Look Back & Look to the Future

The past year has been a year full of celebrations as we marked 70 years of Wyandot Behavioral Health Network. We have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to celebrate with our staff, our community partners and soon we hope to celebrate with many of our friends and supporters at our upcoming Game Changer Gala as our 70th anniversary year draws to a close.

The Process of Recovering

When I started peer support almost 3 years ago, I learned how important it was to define recovery for myself. My working definition of recovery is: Recovery is celebrating the wins during the ups and keeping hope and an understanding that progress is never linear during the downs and choosing to stay. Recovery is looking backward at progress and forward at the goal. Recovery is both being able to stand on my own two feet and still being able to ask for help when needed. Recovery is thriving and not just surviving.