The CommonHealth of Kentucky

A 13-part KET production aimed at improving the health of all Kentuckians by sharing health and wellness projects from across the state that are succeeding in making their communities healthier.

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The CommonHealth of Kentucky is a 2005 KET production. Produced in partnership with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Program 11

Mental Health

Featured Projects:

Nationwide, nearly 1 out of 4 people will display symptoms of at least one mental illness this year, and nearly 1 of 2 will suffer some sort of mental disorder during his or her lifetime. This program spotlights services that tackle mental health issues as they are related to overall health, work to destigmatize mental illness, and educate the community on ways to deal with the mentally ill:

The LaRue County Coordinated School Health Initiative focuses on health education and prevention, emphasizing fitness and nutrition for both students and their families.

In Lexington, mental health services are among the offerings of the Healthy Kids Centers. These clinics provide free health services to students in four high-poverty Fayette County schools. The centers also have established a Student Assistance Team in each school to evaluate students with learning, behavioral, or ADHD problems.

For many victims of domestic violence, the lingering effects can include depression and other mental disorders. So the Appalachian Violence Outreach Network, which serves women in Breathitt, Lee, Owsley, and Wolfe counties who have survived interpersonal violence or traumatic stress, provides screening for stress, depression, eating disorders, low self-esteem, and sexual abuse, then helps connect clients with the appropriate resources for recovery.

Another group of people who tend to encounter mentally ill citizens during the course of their work is police officers. In Jefferson County, the Crisis Intervention Team trains officers to recognize mental illness and to work effectively with the mentally ill.


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