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Welcome to The Mental Health Association

of South Central Kansas

Mental health has to do with how you feel about yourself, how you feel about others, and how you are able to meet and handle the demands of life. It is not the absence of problems. Rather, it describes the ability to balance problems with appropriate coping skills. There is no line which separates the mentally healthy from the unhealthy. But we do know that the right amount of sleep and exercise, a proper diet and appropriate medical care can go a long way toward improving both our physical and mental health.

Most people believe that mental disorders are rare and "happen to someone else." But, mental disorders are common and widespread. An estimated 54 million Americans have been diagnosed with some form of mental disorder in a given year.

A mental illness is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life's ordinary demands and routines. There are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness. Some of the more common forms of mental illness are depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, dementia and schizophrenia. Symptoms may include changes in mood, personality, personal habits and/or social withdrawal.

Mental health problems may be related to excessive stress due to a particular situation or series of events. As with cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental illnesses are often physical as well as emotional and psychological. Mental illnesses may be caused by a reaction to environmental stresses, genetic factors, biochemical imbalances, or a combination of factors. With proper care and treatment many individuals learn to cope or recover from a mental illness or emotional disorder.

 

Homes Within Reach Initiative to Support Housing for Kansas with Mental Illness

April 21, 2014

StaffWichita Business JournalTwo Wichita-area groups that provide mental health services are collaborating on an effort to help Kansans who have menta
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Senior Companion Program Reaches 50% Minority Representation

March 28, 2014

The Senior Companion Program, sponsored by the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas has been working hard to recognize and represent dive
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February is National Eating Disorders Awareness Month

February 03, 2014

Most people do not realize that Eating Disorders are fairly uncommon with estimates around 0.5% to 1% of population affected; including males and fema
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Parenting Essentials

November  6, 2013

Parenting does not always come easy and many parents need extra support and guidance.  MHA provides two different series of parenting classe Read More …

2nd Annual Behavioral Health Conference

May  8, 2014

When: Thursday, May 8 -Friday, May 9, 2014

Time: 8:00am-4:00pm each day

Where: Doubletree by  Read More …

3rd Annual Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

May 23, 2014

Join us for a day at the park!

 

The Lost Children: Aging Out of the System Lunch & Learn

June 12, 2014

The Lost Children: Aging Out of the System

When: June 11th 11:30am-1:30pm

CEU’s:  Read More …

Addiction and Mental Health Workshop

July  9, 2014

When: July 9th 9:00am-4:00pm

Where: Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas, 555 N. Woodlawn, Ste. 3105 W Read More …

Mental Illness in the Classroom Workshop

August 13, 2014

When: August 13th, 9:00am-4:00pm

Where: Mental Health Association, 555 N. Woodlawn, Ste. 3105 Wichita, KSRead More …

A Changing System Workshop

September 10, 2014

When: October 8th 9:00am-4:00pm

Where: Mental Health Association, 555 N. Woodlawn, Ste. 3105 Wichita, KS  Read More …

In the World of ADHD Workshop

October  8, 2014

When: September 10th 9:00am-4:00pm

Where: Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas, 555 N. jWood Read More …

Working for Positive Change in the Family System Workshop

November 12, 2014

When: November 12th 9:00am-4:00pm

Where: Mental Health Association, 555 N. Woodlawn, Ste.3105 Wichita, KSRead More …

Bipolar Disorder Lunch & Learn

December 10, 2014

When: December 10th 11:30am-1:30pm

Where: Mental Health Association, 555 N. Woodlawn, Ste. 3105 Wichita, KS Read More …

Behavioral Health Conference