It’s always a pleasure to learn of an associate’s personal connection to a cause or community we serve. Netsmart associate April McClure found a personal connection to the Care at Home community after her mother received hospice care. Discover how fulfilling her mother’s final request led to the creation of Janet’s Wish, an organization that grants gifts of comfort to hospice patients.
Nov. 16 is adoption awareness day. We spoke with one Netsmart associates about his family’s adoption journey in hopes of learning, inspiring and educating ourselves about an experience had by many. Check out Netsmart associate Kyle Christiansen’s experience with adoption as he and his wife expanded their family.
According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five adults in the U.S. live with a mental health condition. While half of all mental health conditions begin by the age of 14, the majority are undetected and untreated (World Health Organization). This equates to millions of Americans who face the reality of living with a mental illness each day. While conditions range from managing worries concerning everyday life to chronic conditions like severe depression; each impact how someone thinks, feels and behaves.
In addition to the opioid epidemic, Dr. Joe Parks with the National Council for Behavioral Health encourages awareness around the suicide epidemic. As the nation’s suicide rate continues to rise, it’s imperative we address it. By understanding the warning signs and asking if someone has thoughts of suicide, you can become part of the solution.
While it’s possible to heal thoughts of suicide, for some, the thoughts periodically resurface. Whether the individual encounters a failure, loss or just an awful day, harmful thinking patterns can reappear regardless of how much healing has occurred. While we often bear little control over our thoughts, we can control our actions.
To help spread awareness, a brave Netsmart associate shares how her son continues to face his past with suicide on CareThreads. Through open discussion, support and the recognition of an individual’s triggers, once perceived unmanageable thoughts can be managed. It is possible to live alongside suicide.
Consider these facts: Nearly one in five people will experience a mental health condition this year, yet less than half will receive treatment. Mood disorders, like depression and bipolar, are the third most common cause of hospitalization. Suicides have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades. In Kansas and Missouri suicide rates are up 45 and 36 percent, respectively.* Among teens in our area, it has become the second leading cause of death.
The question for all of us becomes: How can we work together to reduce these numbers and improve an individual’s mental health and wellness?
“Positive behavioral and mental health is the key to overall health,” said Jason Hooper, president and CEO of KVC Health Systems. The nonprofit organization works to stabilize and strengthen families in crisis. Nationally, they provide hope and help to families struggling with behavioral health, child welfare and community health and wellness.
Recently, Hooper shared about recent themes in behavioral health as well as KVC Health System’s goals and focus for the future.
Discover how KVC Health Systems is impacting behavioral healthcare by paving brighter futures for children, families and caregivers on CareThreads.