To The Gazette:

Mental Illness Week is Oct. 7-14. Many people in Butler County are affected by mental illness.

Due to the stigman of mental illness, 50 percent of those who need treatment are not getting it.

Mental illness is like any other illness; cancer, diabetes, heart disease and others. If it is properly managed, people can function quite well and some even recover. Most people know about South Central Mental Health Counseling Center. Butler County is fortunate to have two other organizations that work very hard to reduce the stigma of mental illness and help those living with mental illness and their families.

Journey to Recovery is a consumer run organization located at 1402 Ohio in Augusta. It is a peer support center run by consumers for consumers who have mental health issues. We are open from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The phone number is 316-39-6137.

Butler County National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) support group meets monthly at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 430 Eunice (off Third St. ) in El Dorado. The phone number is 316-435-2936.

There are speakers available through either of these organizations who will speak at churches, schools or civic groups about mental illness and our services. There are no fees to attend either of these organizations.

Sandy DeWitt,


Journey to Recovery