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Reader Letter: Help Wipe Out the Stigma of Mental Illness

on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:57

Printed in The Courier-Journal on April 29, 2013
Written by Sheila Schuster, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Kentucky Mental Health Coalition
Signed by Wellspring  and 35 other mental health organizations.

LOUISVILLE 40207 — Mental illness has been in the media and on the lips of more Americans in the past four months than at any other time in our history. Unfortunately, shootings like those in Newtown have focused attention on violence and mental illness and stirred up the stigma that comes when people are misinformed and fearful.

Along with the demand for gun control has come a spate of

Clients Practice Tai Chi at the DJB

on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 10:13

Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, has been shown to decrease stress, anxiety, and depression and increase self-esteem in medically fragile practitioners.  Jeff Randall, a Clinician at Wellspring’s David J.  Block CSU, wanted to see CSU clients have an opportunity to try Tai Chi, and to document the results of participation. Thanks to a grant supported by the Community Foundation of Louisville, Jeff was able to make that idea a reality. 
For six weeks, visitors at the David J.

Welcoming Our Newest Board Member

on Mon, 04/01/2013 - 09:49


Meet Dr. Rif S. El-Mallakh

Dr. Rif S. El-Mallakh, Professor and Director of the Mood Disorders Research Program at the U of L School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, has joined the Wellspring Board of Directors. 
For the last 20 years Rif has focused his research on the pathophysiology of bipolar illness.  He has published over 190 peer reviewed papers, has been funded by NARSAD, NIMH, and the pharmaceutical industry, has served as reviewer for both NIMH and the Canadian Research Council, as well as reviewer for several 
psychiatric publications and

Wellspring Tonini Apartments to Open Soon!

on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 10:39


An historic landmark, the 1890s era Tonini Church Supply building on Shelby Street stood vacant for many years.  With its brick exterior crumbling, and the inside deteriorating, the Phoenix Hill Neighborhood 
Association feared the structure would have to be torn down. 
“But life is being restored to this old building, and it will soon play a vital role in the community again by providing twelve new attractive, affordable apartments for  members of our community who live with mental illness and have meager incomes,” explains Wellspring Executive Director, Kathy Dobbins.

Sequestration and Mental Health Funding

on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 14:49

A message from Kathy Dobbins, Wellspring Executive Director:

There has been an outcry across many circles in response to the Sequestration Order, issued on March 1st.  This unprecedented action cancelled approximately $85 billion in budgetary resources across the Federal government until the end of the current Federal fiscal year on September 30th.  

From parks, to home delivered meals for the elderly, to schools and even Thunder Over Louisville, the impact is being felt throughout our community.

Wall Street Journal Video - Why aren't the mentally ill treated more?

on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 13:54

Columbia University Department of Psychiatry Chair Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman discusses the need for society to recognize the symptoms of and treat those with mental illness.

Wellspring Volunteer Bernie Block Honored by WLKY Spirit of Louisville Foundation 2012 Bell Award

on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 13:56
For 35 years, The WLKY Spirit of Louisville Foundation’s Bell Awards have provided a means to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the true “spirit of Louisville” through selfless volunteer efforts and inspire all residents to engage in community service. We at Wellspring applaud Bernie Block as a recipient of the 2012 Bell Award; Bernie is a testament to the fact that one person’s voice can make a difference. 
He is passionate, tireless, and persuasive in his efforts to make a positive impact on the array of available services and the needs of those living with mental illness.

Wellspring Construction Underway at Historic Tonini Site in Phoenix Hill Neighborhood

on Thu, 09/13/2012 - 15:39

Apartments planned at old Tonini Site

Original Post: 1:02 PM, Sep 11, 2012 | The Courier-Journal

Twenty years after the Tonini Church Supply company moved to St. Matthews from Phoenix Hill, work has started on a $2.5 million project to convert the company’s original historic buildings on South Shelby Street to apartments.

A new building also will be constructed next door to create 12 apartments in all for chronically mentally ill clients of Wellspring social service agency, which has created community housing at nearly 20 other sites, too.

Wellspring hopes to have people living there by

Charlie Rose Brain Series 2: Schizophrenia

on Thu, 08/23/2012 - 14:38

This is a very high-quality discussion about schizophrenia, with top scientists and a highly recovered consumer. 

Eric Kandel of Columbia University
Danny Hurley
Steven M. Paul of Weill Cornell Medical College
Cornelia Bargmann of Rockefeller University
Judith Rapoport of The National Institute of Mental Health
David A. Lewis of University of Pittsburgh


Wellspring's August Newsletter

on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 12:14

Don't miss our latest newsletter!  And you can read it here before it even hits your mailbox.

In this issue:

  • A tribute to our Founding Chair, Phil Ardery, who has left behind many extraordinary legacies
  • Wellspring is awarded Seven Counties Services' Champion of Community in Recovery Award
  • Carolyn, a recent Ardery House graduate, tells her recovery story
  • Announcing our newest Honorary Lifetime Board Member, Jackie Swigart
  • Peer Support Specialist Emily Hill's report on implementing a new program at Ardery House
  • ... and much more!

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