Lexington Mental Health Advocates on World Mental Health Day

Oct 10, 2017

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An advocate of mental health awareness and treatment says diseases of the mind are often incremental in nature. A number of activities today focus on mental health awareness.

Today is designated as World Mental Health Day. Kelly Gunning is director of advocacy and public affairs for the Lexington chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Gunning says it’s important to intervene when someone exhibits signs of mental illness.

“There are signs and symptoms that reveal themselves far before you would need to be at a crisis of being in a dangerous situation,” Gunning said.

Gunning says DNA testing can play a role in determining what kind of medication will work best.

Don Rogers, chief clinical officer for Bluegrass.org, which provides mental health services, says therapy is almost always a key component of treatment. He says there are too few therapists outside of urban areas like Louisville, Lexington and northern Kentucky.