Southern Indiana Living

JUL-AUG 2018

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Jul/Aug 2018 • 35 N early one in seven children between the ages of two and eight have a mental, behavior- al, or developmental disorder. In children between nine and 17 years of age, one in five may have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder. Twenty-two veterans in the United States commit suicide each day. Unfortunately, there are insufficient services available to people with mental, behavioral and development disorders. For example, nearly two-thirds of individ- uals with mental illnesses went without treatment in 2011. This is a small snapshot of mental health in our country and com- munity. Because of the impact of mental, behavioral and developmental disorders on people's lives, it is essential that ser- vices are available to help people deal with these conditions. Personal Counsel- ing Service, Inc. (PCS) offers services to individuals in need of care related to the challenges these conditions present. The mission of PCS is to assist all persons de- siring to achieve wellness of body, mind and spirit. To effectively address mental health concerns in the community, efforts of in- dividuals as well as organizations are imperative. In recognition of the contribu- tions of those who serve as champions for mental health care, and to raise money to continue to deliver care to those in need, PCS holds an annual awards dinner. This August, PCS presents Kick the Blues, The 10th Annual Norman Melhiser Samaritan Awards Dinner. It will take place at Kye's II on Thursday, August 16th from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Four Samaritan Awards are given: Les & Virginia Albro For-Profit Business Award, Nancy and John Keck Non-Profit Award, Alice and Richard Schleicher In- dividual Award, and the Diane Fischer Award of Excellence. Each recipient dem- onstrates the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, civic and social respon- sibility, and care and concern for their fel- low community members. Proceeds from this year's event will provide counseling services for individuals who are un- or un- der-insured or have limited mental health benefits. Table sponsorships, donations, and silent auction and wine purchases go directly to support the therapeutic ser- vices for people in our community – our friends, family, and neighbors. This year's keynote speaker will be Marta Miranda-Straub. She is an inspi- rational speaker, leadership consultant, and community figure who has gained knowledge from her wide variety of ex- periences. Marta was born in rural Cuba and immigrated to New Jersey when her nuclear family received political asylum in 1966. Marta has over 40 years of experi- ence in organizational and clinical social work practice. She maintained a private clinical and consulting practice for over 30 years. Marta is a published author, social researcher, educator and an experienced fundraiser. Before becoming the Presi- dent/CEO of The Center for Women and Families in 2011, she was an associate pro- fessor of Social Work at Eastern Kentucky University for 17 years. While at EKU, she served as the Chair of Women and Gen- der Studies and the Executive Director of Multicultural Student Affairs. Marta is an experienced public speaker and has a long history of providing keynotes at confer- ences, rallies and college campuses. Marta relaunched her consulting practice in the fall of 2017. She currently provides, coaching, succession planning, facilitation, board development, leader- ship boot camps, retreats, trainings and keynotes locally and nationally. Marta's long term career was celebrated when she was named a "Daughter of Greatness" in 2013 by the Muhammad Ali Center. In 2014, she received the Most Admired Non-Profit Leader Award in Louisville by the magazine, Today's Woman. She has been featured on KET documentaries and became one of the 100 Wise Women of Leadership Louisville. In her keynote ad- dress, Marta will use knowledge, experi- ence and humor to challenge stereotypes and myths about mental illness. Her abil- ity to engage audiences will motivate us to shift our conversations at home and in the workplace about the value of seeking help, decreasing stigma and advocating for needed mental health services. Join us on Thursday, August 16th at Kye's II for the Samaritan Awards Dinner as we enjoy food catered by Stumler's, a silent auction, wine and spirits pull, a pre- sentation by Marta Miranda-Straub, the talents of Dawne Gee as emcee, and the presentation of four community awards. • For information regarding FaithRx, contact Kathy Copas at (502) 345-6406. PCS is in Clarksville, Ind., and has been serv- ing the community since 1959. The organi- zation provides counseling services in the form of psychotherapy, pastoral counseling, play therapy, trauma counseling, addictions therapy, music therapy and more. There are also outreach programs such as the older- adult community choir and Clergy Congrega- tion Care. For more information, visit www. or call the intake coordina- tor at (812) 283-8383, ext. 121. Pictured above: Marta Miranda-Straub, keynote speaker Kick the Blues. Kick the Blues: Annual Norman Melhiser Samaritan Awards Dinner Nearly two-thirds of individuals with mental illnesses went without treatment in 2011.

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