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Mental illness is no mystery and can be treated - Wellspring's Courier-Journal Reader Letter

on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 09:33

The following letter to the editor was published in the August 4, 2012 edition of The Courier-Journal.

The headline of The Courier-Journal the day after the Denver shootings read “Motive a Mystery,” reflecting our natural desire to understand why someone would do something so horrific as shoot dozens of strangers in a movie theater. However, the history of such shootings suggests that there was no motive, no rational objective, behind the alleged actions of James Holmes.

Remembering our Founding Board Chair, Philip P. Ardery

on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 15:22

The following is The Courier-Journal's article about the expansive achievements Phil Ardery accomplished in his lifetime, including helping found the Schizophrenia Foundation of Kentucky, which later became Wellspring.  With the help of his unflagging dedication, Wellspring has improved the lives of over 6,000 individuals with mental illness throughout our 30-year history.  Phil will be deeply missed, but he will live on in the many extraordinary legacies he has left behind that will continue to improve the lives of thousands of people.

You can read his obituary here.

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Don't Miss our May Newsletter!

on Tue, 06/19/2012 - 12:14

See highlights of the 14th Annual Derby Preview Party, learn about the Louisville Alliance for Supportive Housing, and read a message from Executive Director Kathy Dobbins in our most recent newsletter.  View our newsletter online here.

If you would like to be added to our newsletter mailing list, contact Melissa Kratzer at or (502) 753-1457 today!

Wellspring's February Newsletter

on Fri, 02/24/2012 - 15:46

Don't miss the February edition of our newsletter.  Get it here before it hits your mailbox!

To sign up to receive our newsletters by mail, email or call (502) 753-1457.

Wellspring Announces Housing First Program

on Tue, 02/21/2012 - 13:13

In September, the Homeless Coalition walked the streets of Louisville Metro and surveyed homeless people as part of the “100,000 Homes Campaign.”  The results were startling; a large number of the participants reported major health risks, and the average length of homelessness was five years.

But on September 23rd the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced a grant award that will address those issues for at least 75 adults in our community.

Wellspring Thanks Our 2012 Derby Preview Party Sponsors!

on Thu, 01/12/2012 - 15:07

Wellspring is gearing up for the 14th Annual Derby Preview Party, which will take place on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 on Millionaire's Row at Churchill Downs.  Wellspring thanks those who have already committed to sponsor this signature event!

If your company would like to sponsor Wellspring's Derby Preview Party this year, contact Nancy Doctor at or (502) 753-1453.

Housing Like Yours and Mine - Katharine Dobbins

on Thu, 01/05/2012 - 10:21

This article, written by Wellspring Executive Director Katharine Dobbins, was published in the December 2011 / January 2012 edition of FORsooth, a monthly publication distributed by the Louisville Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Everyone needs a home. Having a place to stow our stuff and call our own is fundamental and something most of us take for granted.  Unfortunately, that is not always the case for many among us who live with mental illness.

Choices in Recovery Newsletter - Eric Cecil, Wellspring Community Support Specialist

on Wed, 01/04/2012 - 17:17

The latest edition of the Choices in Recovery newsletter profiled Wellspring's community support specialist, Eric Cecil.  The article tells part of Eric's story of recovering from a mental illness and how he now works to help others find solutions to help them along their journey to recovery.  Eric is also a published poet, and the newsletter features some of his poetry. Click here to read the article (found on pages 10 - 13) and Eric's poetry (page 23).

You can sign up to receive future editions of the newsletter by visiting the Choices in Recovery website.

Community Challenge | Mentally Ill Helped by Groups

on Wed, 01/04/2012 - 13:05

This editorial was printed in the Courier-Journal on November 28, 2011.

Surely, you have not forgotten that October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink is the signature color of the cause and still widely displayed around town in the form of the recognizable pink ribbon logos. Celebrating strengths has become the model for many groups' efforts, including those that work to improve the lives of people with severe and persistent mental illnesses, and their color - red - is on the rise.

As one of the 1 in 12 women diagnosed with breast cancer, I applaud the women and men who have

See our newsletter online before it hits your mailbox!

on Wed, 11/16/2011 - 15:16

Be the first to see our November newsletter online!  This edition features an announcement about Wellspring's part in the SAMHSA grant, great news about our clients' new health initiatives, highlights of our recent special events, and much more.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list for the next round, email

Click the link below to get started!