August 2016 - AREA AUTHOR CONNIE BENT DEALS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IN NEW BOOK
Article taken from the Sabetha Herald on July 13, 2016
Connie Bent knows that there are families coping with the mental illness or other sudden traumas experienced by a loved one Learning from personal experiences, Bent writes and publishes her first book “Hope, Courage & Triumph,” published by Xlibris. Set in the Midwest, Bent writes a story of love and freedom until a tragedy struck her family. Her husband Jerry suffered an illness, which affected not only her husband, but also the author herself and their children Louisa, Robert and Michelle. Bent thought she needed to write a memoir to help other people who are facing difficult problems. Although their family faced challenges and trauma, the author highlights in this book that love and determination can lead to success and triumph. “No matter how deep the pit of hell is, there is always hope,” Bent said.
Hope, Courage and Triumph is the story about one young widow’s journey through adventures and madness. Determination and love were the key elements of her being as she struggled to face the demons of her husband, Jerry’s illness. Tragedy was no stranger. No one knew what horrors lay behind the closed doors of her life yet hope drove her on. One evening after work Jerry held her in his arms confessing his love to her, suddenly a glaze covered his eyes and a look of hatred across his face. Looking at her, he began talking weird, about things she knew nothing of. He said, “I’ve heard that before. You know what I’m talking about.” Petrified, she couldn’t move. The glaze left his face as suddenly as it came, and moving towards her, he said, “I love you more than life itself.” Hope drove her as she struggled to pull him out of the pit of hell.
For more information about the book, readers may take a look on her website at http://authorwebservicesxl.net/US/737726.
About the Author
Connie Bent was born in Brookfield, Mo., in 1941 and grew up in a small town of the same state. She was a very determined person from the moment she was born. If she wanted something, she went after it. At 16, she married but became widow at age 25. She had quit school before her senior year, but knowing education was vital she wanted to graduate. During that time, mothers were not allowed to return to school. Bent convinced the school board to allow her to come back to school and graduate; she was the first mother to graduate from her school. Bent earned a master’s degree in clinical social work from Kansas University. She completed a family therapy externship at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka. For 30 years, she worked for KANZA Mental Health Center, providing therapy for people who suffered from mental illness. She specialized in providing family therapy and play therapy, which she felt were important to families who were coping with a mentally ill person. Bent has also published numerous newspaper articles dealing with mental illness.
June 2016 - MEDIA PLAYS ON MENTAL ILLNESS AS VIOLENT WHEN STUDIES SHOW THE OPPOSITE.
A study done by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that, “Nearly four in 10 news stories about mental illness analyzed by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers connect mental illness with violent behavior toward others, even though less than five percent of violence in the United States is directly related to mental illness.”
The study comments on the continued stigma the media puts on mental illness to its millions of viewers. This stigma makes those with a mental illness uncomfortable to talk about it or even get help, even though the statics show that 50% of the population will have a mental illness over their lifetime.
READ MORE ON THIS STUDY
For more information on mental illness contact David Elsbury, CEO at 785-742-7113 or attend a Mental Health First Aid class in your area.
May 2016 - KDADS Secretary Visits Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center
Pictured Left to Right: Robert Wayman, Board President; Sec. Keck; David Elsbury, CEO; and Kyle Kessler, Exec. Director of ACMHCK
Interim Secretary Timothy Keck visited Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center on Friday May 20th and was accompanied by Kyle Kessler, Executive Director of Association of Community Mental Health Centers, Inc. Secretary Keck met with David Elsbury, CEO, Robert Wayman, Kanza Board President and members of Kanza’s Executive Leadership Team to review the Center’s services and impact in the communities it serves. They also discussed the impact of KanCare and other changes to the mental health system, including the cuts to Medicaid provider rates recently announced by Gov. Brownback.
March 2016 - Mirror, Inc and Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center, Inc had a ribbon cutting Friday, March 11th at the Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center’s Troy office. Mirror Inc. of Troy OP Substance Abuse Counselor, Donna Jensen MS, LAC, will be utilizing an office to provide counseling services for clients with substance use disorders for both adults and juveniles resulting from a partnership between Kanza and Mirror to bring substance use disorder services to this area. In addition to providing counseling services, Mirror Inc. also provides services for Drug and Alcohol Assessments and the 8 hour Alcohol Drug Information School (ADIS) class in both Doniphan County and Brown County.
Pictured Left to Right: Richard Gilchrist, Donna Jensen, Robert Wayman, Craig Mosher, Marty Allen, J.D. Euler, David Elsbury.
Kanza has generously donated $1000 of the funds they receive from Doniphan County Liquor Tax money to assist clients in need of substance abuse services who meet financial criteria to pay for substance abuse services.
Mrs Jensen will be in the Troy office on Fridays or by appointment. To make an appointment with Mrs. Jensen, call 785-742-7551 ext. 106. For more information on Kanza services, contact the Main Office at 785-741-7113.
Kanza’s Troy office is located at 134 East Walnut, on the north side of the square. The building was purchased from Morrill and Janes Bank and Trust in 2014. Kanza also uses the building to provide mental health services for adults and children through outpatient therapy and mental health rehabilitation services to residents of Doniphan County.
March 2016 -
Did you know that over 400,000 people die from a tobbacco related disease in the United States every year? March is Tobacco-Free Media Month, where organizations are offering education and support to quit smoking on social media. The Center for Disease Control is hosting an online Facebook event to help people who are ready to quit smoking. You simply RSVP to the event and join a supportive community who will post daily to keep you motivated on your path to quitting. The page also gives helpful tips on how to stop smoking. Visit 30 Smokefree days to RSVP today! This event is open to everyone!!
To help educate youth and teens on the dangers of smoking, March 16th will be named “KICK BUTTS DAY.” Please help us in the fight with smoking by talking to your children about the dangers and diseases that go along with smoking. Kids are never too young to learn to say NO to smoking.
March 2016 - Margi Ross Hit 30 year Milestone at Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center, INC
Margi Ross, Clinical Director, LCP, this February celebrated her 30th anniversary at KANZA Mental Health and Guidance Center. Margi has brought great knowledge and dedication throughout her years at KANZA. She started her journey in 1986 as the Prevention Specialist who spoke to community stakeholders about the services of Kanza Mental Health. In 1987, Margi then transitioned as part time psychologist for several years. Her role changed again in 2011, when she became the interim clinical director and finally the clinical director that she has held since November 2011. Margi continues to bring a helping hand and keeps Kanza a fun atmosphere to work in.
Margi is marred to Dr. Alan Ross and resides in Sabetha, KS. They have 3 daughters, Dr. Cassie McKenzie, Erin Planalp, and Marissa Ross.
Margi has joined a prestigious club with Kanza Mental Health Guidance Center by reaching her 30th year. The 30 year club consists of employees, Deb Davis (Medical Records Manager), David Elsbury (CEO), Virginia Freese (Director of Business Operations), and Peggy Moyer (Financial Office).
Janurary 2016 -
Jackson County accepted and accomplished Kanza’s Jackson County Challenge. Through the generous contributions of many businesses and residents in Jackson County, Kanza was able to reach their $10,000 goal by the deadline of December 31, 2015. This money will be matched by a donor to help start the renovation process of the Moser Building in Holton.
Denison State Bank and the family of Jim and Mary Lou Birkbeck jumped right in to start the challenge by each donating $1,000. Another great push came when the Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation awarded Kanza a $5,000 charitable grant.
“The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is excited to contribute to KANZA, knowing our donation helped to reach the Jackson County Challenge. The Nation looks forward to the services that will be available to the Northeast Kansas Community once the building is renovated.” - Camilla Chouteau, Tribal Council Secretary
The positive response from the community encouraged Kanza, especially staff member Linda Grimm, to keep knocking on doors to spread the word of the challenge. The Holton Wal-Mart made the final donation of $1,350 to get Kanza to the $10,000 mark. Without these generous donors, the Jackson County Challenge would not have been the success it has been.
Not only did the Jackson County Challenge help raise money for the Center, but it gave an opportunity for David Elsbury and Foundation Board member, Roger Coverdale, to speak to local businesses, school board members, and government officials about the goal of the Jackson County Challenge as well as what Kanza offers the community as a whole.
The money from the Jackson County Challenge will support Kanza starting renovations of the Moser building to accomplish the goal of having all providers located in one building. It will also help to expand services to the area. Kanza will continue to work with the Jackson County Commission and others to identify ways to raise money to continue with the renovations as the projected cost is around $750,000.
Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center would like to thank everyone who supported Kanza through the Jackson County Challenge. We are happy to be able to expand our services as well as continue to “Build Hope For A Better Tomorrow.”
Janurary 2016 - Members of the Hiawatha community came together on Saturday, January 16 to be trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Jolene Lowe, CBS Director and Kailey Patton, Therapist for KANZA Mental Health and Guidance Center lead the training that is designed to teach lay people methods of assisting a young person who may be in the early stages of developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
The training is vital for members of the public that deal with adolescents (generally defined as 12-18 years) on a daily basis--parents, school staff, sports coaches and youth workers/volunteers. It gives them the tools to recognize someone in distress and the steps to take to help them in an emergency situation. Mental Health issues are becoming more prevalent in this age group and assistance is most relevant when it is first apparent to an adult that a youth or young adult is exhibiting signs. Mental Health First Aid gives our community the tools needed to recognize warning signs to take appropriate action.
The turnout was positive as members from education, nursing, clergy, social work, parents and the Native American Tribes attended. The goal of the training was to increase awareness of mental health and how we can help youth who are suffering from mental health challenges or an emergency receive help.
The Methodist Church Healthy Congregations program will be hosting Adult Mental Health First Aid training on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 in the Fellowship Hall (west entrance). Lunch and snacks will be served, with a grant from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Salina. A manual and training is provided by KANZA and certification is for three years after completion. There is no cost for attending however registration is requested to assist in planning. Continuing education credits can be obtained for this training. To register call 785-742-7113 ext 142 or email Diana Gaddis at email@example.com.
February 2015 - Mental Health First Aid a growing success says National Council on Behavioral Healthcare.
"Now with more than 6,300 instructors, the program has spread to all 50 states. Since 2008, more than 300,000 people in the U.S. have completed the Mental Health First Aid course to learn how to help youth and adults with mental health and substance use concerns connect to care in their communities."
Since May of 2010 Kanza has delivered 16 trainings and trained 248 persons in our four county area. Courses have been held in all four counties. Our post-training evaluation scores show an approval rating of 4.38 on a five point scale.
Kanza's certified adult and youth MHFA trainers are Jolene Lowe, CBS Assistant Director and David Elsbury, CEO.
Kanza has been asked to join with KDADS and the Kansas Department of Education to provide MHFA training for staff of the schools in Brown County.
If you are interested in scheduling a class, please contact David Elsbury at 785-742-7113.
November 2014 - KANZA is proud to be included as one of
eight local non-profit agencies Thrivent Financial is choosing to support in its
second annual "Championing Charities" events in 2015. Hiawatha's event will
occur Sunday, November 16th from 11:30-2:30 pm during the Jingle Bell Ride.
Championing Charities will be located on the square at PRTS 200 Oregon St.
Sabetha's event will occur on Friday, November 28th from 4:30 - 7:30 pm during
the Window Opening event at the Community Center 1116 Main Street. Please join
your friends at KANZA at this Christmas fundraiser event. There will be live
music, a coat drive and food and fun. You can support the KANZA Mental Health
Foundation and the Center's mission of HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW with your tax
deductible donation. Click Here to View Flyers:
Hiawatha Flyer and
May 2014 - KANZA is pleased to announce that it has purchased its first building in Doniphan County to house our agency and its services to the citizens of Doniphan County.
The new facility is approximately 1400 square feet of usable office space and will provide a much improved location for the Center's clinical services in Doniphan County.
It is located at 134 E. Walnut St. on the north side of the Troy town square. Services began at this site on April 15th, 2014.
April 2014 - Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based practice that provides
the participant skills and knowledge to respond to someone in a mental
health problem or crisis until the person receives professional help.
Persons completing the 8-hour training will be certified mental health
first-aiders for three years. The training also promotes acceptance
and understanding of mental health needs and dispels stigma and fear.
KANZA Mental Health and Guidance Center, Inc. offers training for
adults and adults assisting youth. Persons interested in learning more
view the youtube video and can register for a course by contacting
David Elsbury at 785-742-7113 or at
by visiting the MHFA website at
March 2014 - KANZA launches new website.
Mental Health First Aid - KANZA is the recipient of a $1000 grant from Tower Foundation to support MHFA for Adults assisting Youth. This 8-hour interactive training is ideal for any adult who is supportive of youth age 11 years and up. KANZA also provides MHFA for adults. Interested persons in a training can contact David Elsbury 742-7113 or Jolene Lowe 742-2275 ext. 122.
HEALTH HOME PROGRAM - The State will begin its intensive care management program for persons, adults and youth, experiencing severe mental illness who have Kansas Medicaid, now known as KanCare in July. KANZA is preparing to become a Health Home provider and will work with other healthcare providers in the area to improve Medicaid
consumers access and participation in their own health care. Stay tuned for more information.
Families in Recovery Training occurred at KANZA'S Community Services Building for about 25 staff and a representative of Pony Express NAMI on February 10th. It was provided by the
KU's School of Social Welfare. Family Psychoeducation is a practice that aims to achieve the best possible outcomes for adults diagnosed with a serious mental illness though the collaboration of professionals, consumers and family members.