Gov. Hutchinson Signs Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Centers Bill Into Law

  LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today signed SB136 into law to establish three regional Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Centers to reduce the incarceration rate of those with mental illness and to increase public safety. The governor has committed $5 million to support these facilities, which will provide evaluation and treatment of those suspected…

Turning Tragedy Into Purpose

Meeting with Jajuan Archer, the founder of Women’s Own Worth-a multi-faceted service program for victims of domestic abuse, was a warming, humbling, and moving experience. You know those people that seem to have fallen gracefully from heaven? Jajuan is one of those. Her remarkable story and outstanding efforts to bring refuge, support, and healing to victims…

Arkansas’ Wellbeing: Statistically

A Topic Well Worth Discussion [dropcap]The[/dropcap] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines mental illness as “disorders generally characterized by dysregulation of mood, thought and/or behavior.” According to the agency, mood disorders, such as major depression, are the most pervasive of all mental disorders. Other examples of mental illness include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and…

Defining Mental Illness

What is a Mental Illness? [dropcap]The[/dropcap] National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) defines mental illness as “a condition that impacts a person’s thinking, feeling or mood and may affect his ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis.” One’s mental wellbeing may be influenced by a number of factors: genetics, environment and lifestyle…

Suicide: Out of the Darkness

Shedding Light on Suicide Photography Courtesy of The Arkansas Secretary of State   [dropcap]Suicide[/dropcap] prevention became a topic of discussion last year when Gov. Asa Hutchinson formed the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council. Since then, local media have addressed the topic and a number of rallies have been held, and our company has chosen to address the…

Youth & Suicide

Youth, Suicide and How You Can Help   [dropcap]Nearly[/dropcap] everyone has been affected by suicide, and while it is a tragedy that certainly needs to be addressed, Greg Adams, licensed clinical social worker and program coordinator for the Center for Good Mourning and Bereavement at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, wants to be certain the topic is addressed…

LGBTQ Community

Supporting the LGBTQ Community [dropcap]Individuals[/dropcap] with mental health conditions often face stigma. This negativity can be compounded for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Fear of “coming out” and being discriminated against due to sexual orientation and gender identities can impair mental health. Angie Bowen, a counselor with the Bowen…