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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.


Kansas Expanding Mental Health Programs

May 30, 2014

On May 27, 2014, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced that he will be investing $9.5M to the expansion of Kansas mental health services.  Thes
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3rd Annual Mental Health Awareness Day Event Reaches Over 400 People

May 29, 2014

The third annual Mental Health Awareness Day took place Friday, May 23rd, at OJ Watson Park.  The event had a great turnout with over 400 people
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Veterans Can Help Others Recover

May 27, 2014

As we remember and honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces over this Memorial Day weekend, the Compeer F
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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 …