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Commitment to Diversity Must Begin at the Top

Creating a team that can provide compassionate, culturally competent care requires that diverse voices and perspectives be present at all levels. When diverse voices have a seat at the table, their lived experiences and knowledge put an organization in a much better position to stay in tune with the needs of the community.

Recognizing BIPOC Mental Health Month

July is Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month, also known as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The month, much like its namesake, is dedicated to highlighting and improving the mental health of diverse communities. But in order to improve mental health in the BIPOC community, we first have to seek to understand and respect the unique stressors and barriers they live with, which impact their access to mental health services.

A Community Approach to Addressing Trauma

At the heart of Alive & Thrive Wyandotte County is a simple concept: provide grassroots communities with tools, resources and support so they can build a more resilient and trauma-informed community.

In May, Alive & Thrive, a project administered by Wyandot BHN, held a virtual Mid-Year Summit to advance that work. The half-day event brought together residents, organizations and Alive & Thrive staff to further articulate plans for community projects that promote resilience in Wyandotte County—especially in communities that experience the effects of generational trauma.

Increasing Mental Health Awareness Through Art

A group of community artists from across the Kansas City metro came together during Mental Health Awareness Month with one goal in mind: to start a conversation about mental health.

988 Lifeline Launches July 16

On July 16, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline launched in Kansas and across the U.S. In June, Governor Laura Kelly signed a bill to provide funding and regulation for the hotline. 988 is specifically designed to be used in instances where a person is experiencing a behavioral health or substance use crisis.

Blaming Mental Illness for Mass Shootings is Harmful

When tragedy strikes, it is normal to want to understand why it happened. Being able to pinpoint the “why” can sometimes provide a degree of comfort and give us something to focus on as we work to prevent a similar tragedy from happening in the future. But this can often lead to finger pointing about who or what is to blame for tragedies.

Why Mental Health Awareness Matters

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a time to raise awareness and help reduce the stigma associated with mental health. We know that nearly 1 in 5 American adults will experience a mental illness in a given year. Yet for so many people, talking openly about mental health and seeking treatment still feels out of reach. No one should have to tackle the challenges of mental illness alone. This is why awareness is so important.

Wyandot BHN Becomes a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic

On Sunday, May 1, Wyandot Behavioral Health Network became a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). Wyandot BHN is one of the first six community mental health centers in the state of Kansas to achieve this designation.

Stress & Your Mental Health

As much as we perhaps wish it wasn’t, stress is a natural part of life. It comes at us from nearly every angle. The pressures of work, family, finances… it can feel overwhelming. While stress may be unavoidable, that doesn’t mean we should let stress go unchecked. When stress is allowed to rule our lives, it can cause significant physical and mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Building for the Future

Creating healthy minds, healthy lives and a thriving community. That is our vision. To make that happen, we need to make mental health resources and support easily accessible for everyone in a place that is comfortable and close to home. And I’m proud to say that Wyandot BHN is embarking on a new endeavor to make that happen.

Service Update: March 10, 2022

In the interest of the safety of our consumers & staff, Wyandot BHN is moving all outpatient and community-based clinical services to telehealth on Thursday, March 10. All 24/7 and crisis services will remain open.

Investing in Black Health & Wellness

Black History Month is a time to learn and reflect. And this year’s theme, Black Health and Wellness, has been particularly impactful for me and has increased my desire to learn more about the often overlooked contributions that Black scholars and practitioners have made to the fields of physical and behavioral health. This theme has also caused me to stop and reflect on how systemic racism continues to persist in our physical and behavioral health systems.