This Behavior and Recovery Resource Center of Wells County advocates mental wellness for all its citizens regardless of race, religion, age, sex, financial, or social position through educational programs and resources. Our hope is to erase the stigma associated with mental disorder.
Mental health issues affect one out of every five citizens. They will experience at least one mental or addictive disorder in their lifetime. Presently, Mental Health disorders are considered the number one health issue in America – more than any physical health-related illness such as cancer or heart disease.
More than 900,000 Hoosier adults and up to 247,514 children in Indiana experience a mental disorder in a one year period. Only 28.5% of adults who need mental health and/or addiction treatment actually receive services.
The cost and treatment of mental illness such as depression, bi-polar, and schizophrenia, have an 80% success rate far surpassing success rates for many common physical diseases.
Our objectives are:
- To educate the general public about mental illness and mental health.
- To assist with community programs, festivals, health fairs, etc.
- To serve as staff liaison on a standing committee of the BRRCWC Board of Directors.
- Shall be responsible for recommending educational programs including public lectures, publications, professional training programs, and special events, which will contribute to the education, both of the general public and of special groups within the county.
- Shall be members of the Behavior and Recovery Resource Center in Wells County. Dues $10.00.
HUD 811 Program
The MHAWC is supportive of this program. the purpose of this program is intended to improve the overall quality of life for individuals who have a significant mental disorder by providing clean, safe, supervised, and secure housing to those individuals who are prone to living in inadequate, lower quality housing due to poverty.
Nursing Homes – Christmas Gift/Card
All the residents in the are nursing homes receive a Christmas card and each nursing home (5) is given a gift that most of the residents can enjoy throughout the year.
Christmas Gift Lift – Logansport State Hosp.
The Wells County area churches, individuals, and organizations support and donate monies for this project by purchasing requested gifts for the residents.
Hermina Weiking founded the Wells County Mental Health Association in the early 1950’s. She realized there was a need to support the Vera Cruz Opportunity School and make donations to the Richmond State Hospital. Volunteers provided parties to as few as 15 to as many as 75 patients at the Fort Wayne School for the mentally handicapped. At the Vera Cruz school, residents learned to sew on a sewing machine and make aprons. These volunteers were called Gold Women and Gold Teens. Dan Steiner was the president.
During the 1960’s, Anna Lee Ault, her mother, and grandmother were all members of the association who participated in the program called Adopt-a-Patient. This program was chaired by Dorothy Gitlin, who was involved in choosing a patient to write to and remembered on holidays and special days. Today its purpose remains the same, but the name was changed to “Friend to Friend”. The Wells County Home Economics Clubs currently operate this program under the auspices of the Mental Health Association in Wells County.
Other programs were organized such as collecting suitcases for residents of the Logansport State Hospital and sending Christmas cards to every resident in nursing homes in Wells County (chaired by Rena Soper). Gwen Payne still sends cards to hospital patients who have birthdays each month. After phasing out volunteering in state hospitals another direction was taken. Through MHAWC Annual Gernaium sales and donations, each nursing home is allotted $200 in December to select something that would benefit everyone.
In 2003 the Mental Health Association of Wells county (Now called the Behavior and Recovery Resource Center) expanded its services again – publishing “Issues and Insights” a quarterly newsletter was established in 2003 by Melba Cole and Nancy Bonham. Contributing members were Kaye Manges and Sharon McMillan. The newsletter promoted awareness regarding mental health issues, legislation, educational programs and projects, and coming events, but has since ceased publication. In 2004, an educational committee was formed. Programs are geared towards mental health education in the schools, organizations, and the work place.
Tara Brantley visited Wells County in October 2009 to discuss Domestic Violence.
The 2009 Gift lift was a success due to the help of volunteers.
Congratulations Dianne Schwarzkopf,the 2009 MHA Bell Award recipient.