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Mental Illness Organization Encourages Kansans In Need To Seek Help

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One out of four people in Kansas have a mental illness, and the latest estimates show that 13 percent aren’t receiving treatment. A grassroots mental illness organization is trying to change that.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has 15 affiliates across Kansas, including in Wichita, Hutchinson, Newton and Topeka.

Andy Martin, NAMI Kansas communications and development director, says the organization provides educational programs, peer-to-peer counselors, and other support at no cost to people living with mental illness, and their families. One of the monthly offerings is called "Ask A Doctor."

"We provide an opportunity for individuals to talk to a licensed physician and ask questions about what they're experiencing, mental illness and what’s the latest research," Martin says. “It’s really one of the best things that people stay attached to, and why people like NAMI."

Martin says there’s an increased effort to stop the negative stigma related to mental illness and to make sure people realize they don't have to go it alone.


Carla Eckels is interim news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.