Mental Health America of the Heartland - June 2017 Newsletter
Greetings!

Did you know that men are less likely to seek help for depression, substance abuse and stressful life events? This is due to social norms, a reluctance to talk and downplaying symptoms. In addition, even though women are more likely to attempt suicide, men are 3.5x more likely to die by suicide. This is due to using more deadly means to attempt suicide, such as a firearm.

Since June is Men's Health Month, we would like to highlight some specific issues that men face in regards to their mental health.
  • In 2015, white men accounted for 7 out of 10 suicides in the United States.

  • Approximately 1 in 5 men develop alcohol dependency during their lives.

  • Male veterans, regardless of their form of service, experience nearly twice the rate of alcohol and drug use as women.

Men and women experience many of the same mental illnesses and disorders but men are less likely to talk about their feelings and seek help. Recognizing the signs that someone may have a mood or mental disorder is the first step to getting treatment and living a better life.

Make sure to talk with your friends or family or call our Compassionate Ear Warmline if you need someone to talk to about how you're feeling. You can also reach MHAH's Information and Referral services Monday through Thursday from 8:30am-4:30pm if you have further questions about mental health and local resource.

Have a safe and happy June!
(Don't forget: Father's Day is Sunday, June 18)

If you or someone you know is showing signs and symptoms of depression and/or having thoughts of suicide, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat online.

Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.
News & Updates
NEW Summer Hours
Effective June 1, our main office (739 Minnesota Avenue) will be closed on Fridays as a part of new Summer Hours.

This will NOT affect our Warmline, which will still be open daily from 4pm-10pm.
Saved by the Bell
Our second annual Saved by the Bell breakfast was a huge success! We raised almost $20,000 that will go directly toward our organization and its programs so we can continue to fulfill our mission of  promoting the mental health of the community and improving the quality of life of persons with mental illness.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who attended, our speakers, our donors and our sponsors!

If you loved the artwork of Stevie Tierney that was on display outside of the ballroom, she has prints of her art available to purchase! Contact her at tierney.stevie@yahoo.com or 314-598-8084.  You can see her artwork on our Facebook page.
United Way Celebration of Giving
MHAH was recognized for having the Largest Sustained Increase for our internal campaign out of all Partner Agencies at United Way of Wyandotte County's Celebration of Giving event on May 11.

Thank you to our staff for their generosity and to United Way for their recognition!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Want to learn more about MHAH?  Attend a  Road to Hope  event! At these free, one-hour presentations you will learn about our mission and the programs and services we offer to the community.

Road to Hope events take place in our conference room ( 739 Minnesota Ave, KCK ) and our May dates are listed on our website's event calendar. If you have a group that may want to learn more about MHAH, we can also come to you at the time and place of your choosing.

Space is limited and RSVPs are required. Contact Whitney at  wjustice@mhah.org  or 913-222-5935 for more information or to RSVP.
We also have many educational presentations and opportunities for CEUs. Visit our website for a full list of upcoming events.
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