Mental Health America of Tippecanoe

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Jennifer Flora has seen first-hand how difficult it can be for people to receive mental health treatment in Indiana. Flora says the nonprofit organization in whose Tippecanoe County office she works, Mental Health America, fields an average of 20 calls a week from people considering suicide — and sometimes she can’t connect them with the doctors they need.

“We’ve provided a lot of referrals to folks,” she says, “and we’re seeing those referrals more and more difficult to provide.”

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A new study from the nonprofit Mental Health America puts Indiana 45th in the nation when it comes to mental health care.

The survey gauges achievement in 15 different metrics, including the percentage of adults and children who report mental illness, the number of adults with dependence or abuse of drugs or alcohol and number of adults with a disability who can’t afford to see a doctor.

Closing date for area homeless shelter put off until 2015

May 14, 2014

Plans to close a local day shelter for the homeless are being delayed.

Mental Health America announced last week it would shut down its facility on Columbia Street by September 1st of this year due to a lack of funding.

But CEO Jennifer Flora says an outpouring of concern has led to a postponement of the closing to June 30th of next year.

She says that will allow time for discussions about the best way to meet the needs of the area’s homeless.

A Toast to Mental Health

Apr 24, 2013

The Lafayette Daybreak Rotary Club is again sponsoring the 6th Annual A Toast to Mental Health.

The fundraising event benefits Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County and National Alliance on Mental Illness-West Central Indiana. The goal this year is to split $30,000 between the two groups.

A Toast to Mental Health is Thursday, May 9 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Shively Club at Ross Ade Stadium.

MHA Tippecanoe County offering two new programs

Apr 8, 2013

An international training program on how to recognize, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse is coming to Greater Lafayette. Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County is offering the certification classes beginning this month. One focuses on issues in adults and the other covers youth.

MHA Tippecanoe County chapter CEO Jennifer Flora says the certification program began in Australia and is in more than a dozen other countries.

Toast to Mental Health

Apr 23, 2012

An annual event hopes to raise money for two mental health organizations.

The Lafayette Daybreak Rotary is hosting a “Toast to Mental Health.” It benefits National Alliance on Mental Illness-West Central Indiana and Mental Health America of Tippecanoe.

Event Chair Ken Ritchey says there will be wine, music and auction items to raise funds for mental health programs in the area.

The event is Thursday, May 3rd at 6 p.m. in the Shively Club at Purdue’s Ross-Ade Pavilion.