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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. 

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.

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.  

KDADS Grant Funding to Support Mobile Crisis Program Expansion

When an individual is experiencing a mental health crisis, being able to provide crisis intervention services in the community is key. Wyandot BHN is currently working to expand its mobile crisis response program and recent grant funding from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) will allow us to move toward expansion to a 24/7 mobile crisis response model.

­­Michael Oher Announced as Keynote Speaker for Game Changer Gala

Wyandot Behavioral Health Network (BHN) is pleased to announce that Michael Oher will headline Wyandot BHN’s inaugural Game Changer Gala on Tuesday, November 14, at Children’s Mercy Park.  

Letting Art Do the Talking

A brave group of artists from across Kansas City used their talents to get people talking during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Wyandot BHN Receives 3-Year CARF Accreditation

This week, Wyandot Behavioral Health Network learned it has received a 3-year reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF is an international organization that sets standards for mental health and other rehabilitation services. Wyandot BHN received its initial 3-year accreditation in March 2020. 

Wyandot Behavioral Health Network Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Wyandot Behavioral Health Network (BHN), a nonprofit providing comprehensive behavioral health and housing services to children, adults and families in Wyandotte County, is celebrating 70 years of service to the community on Thursday, April 6.

Taking a Grassroots Approach to Healing Trauma

In addition to the individual, group and family services we provide, Wyandot BHN also oversees a program dedicated to building a trauma-informed and resilient community. Called Alive & Thrive, the program works to raise awareness about trauma and what communities can do to help heal from it. Their work is critical, especially in Wyandotte County, where poverty, systemic racism, and relatively high rates of crime expose many people, especially children, to chronic stress—a key contributor to the county’s poor health and behavioral health outcomes.

Continuing Conversations Around Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Month may be behind us, but the conversation can’t stop when September ends. A new public perception poll shows that while most adults would try to help if someone close to them was thinking about suicide, nearly two-thirds of those surveyed believe they aren’t equipped to talk about suicide with someone who is struggling.

Wyandot BHN Hosts Staff Appreciation Event

Nearly 200 Wyandot BHN staff and board members gathered in the Shield Club at Children’s Mercy Park on September 8 for an evening of recognition and celebration. The event marked the end of an exciting year for Wyandot BHN, during which WBHN achieved designation as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC).

Wyandot BHN Withdraws from Downtown Education, Health & Wellness Campus Campaign

For the past couple of years, Wyandot Behavioral Health Network has been an active partner along with Kansas City Kansas Community College, Swope Health, CommunityAmerica Credit Union and the YMCA to build a new education, health and wellness campus in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. The goal is to establish a self-sustaining economic solution for downtown Kansas City, Kansas, to help end the social and economic inequities that have prevailed in this area for decades.

Wyandot BHN recently made the difficult decision to withdraw from this effort and pursue other options for establishing a service location in eastern Wyandotte County.