Mental Health America of the Heartland - May 2017 Newsletter
  Greetings!
Happy Mental Health Month!
Our national affiliate,  Mental Health America , has released a toolkit to help spread the word that mental health is something everyone should care about. By using the toolkit materials and images in addition to conducting awareness activities, we can take steps to break the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness.

This year's toolkit has a theme surrounding risky behaviors, such as prescription marijuana use, drug misuse, exercise, sex, compulsive buying, and internet addiction. The intent behind this theme is to raise awareness of the risks that these types of behaviors present-- especially to young people-- to help individuals detect early warning signs, and to provide resources for prevention and early intervention.

By using the toolkit materials, you will help members of your community:
  • Understand how certain seemingly common behaviors are risk factors for, or indicators of mental health or substance use disorders
     
  • Start talking about mental health before stage 4
     
  • Assess their own mental health through the use of MHA's screening tools
     
  • Share their perceptions of when a behavior becomes risky, learn about the perceptions of others, and learn about accepted guidelines for when a behavior becomes indicative of a mental health or substance use disorder by taking the "What's Too Far" quiz
This year's toolkit includes:
  • Media Materials
  • Social Media and Web Components
  • Fact Sheets and Other Handouts
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 913-281-2221 (ext. 111) 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.
Stay tuned...
Our second annual Saved by the Bell fundraising breakfast will take place on Tuesday, May 9-- stay tuned for a recap of the event on Facebook and in our June newsletter!

Missed the RSVP deadline but still want to support our programs? Click the button below to donate online!