October 7-14 is Mental Illness Awareness week. Many people in Butler County are affected by mental illness. Due to the stigma 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 who 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 Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. The telephone number is 316-239-6137. Butler County NAMI Support Group meets monthly on the first Thursday of each month at United Methodist Church 430 Eunice (off of Third street). The telephone number is 316-435-2936. There are speakers available through either of these organizations to speak to your church, school or civic organization about mental illness and our services. There are no fees for attending either of these organizations.
- Sincerely, Sandy DeWitt, president Journey to Recovery