A spokesperson for Mental Health Lou said this is part of a “larger project” to expand mental health initiatives in the region.
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — A directory of over 300 mental health providers in Jefferson County has launched online at Mental Health Lou, a community wellness hub.
“Many people struggle to find the right provider, but we want to make it easy,” said Amanda Villaveses, director of Mental Health Lou.
A spokesperson for the organization said this is part of a “larger project” to expand mental health efforts in the region.
The Louisville Metro Public Health Authority (LMPHW) has secured $400,000 in federal funding that will be used to “strengthen mental health resources and suicide prevention methods over the next two years,” according to a news release.
A news release says about $200,000 will be used to set up a Suicide and Fatalities Review Board. The board is made up of mental health professionals and representatives from various organizations and agencies in the region.
The board’s goal is to assess situations that lead to suicide and identify risk factors and trends in suicide deaths for future prevention and intervention efforts, officials said.
A portion of the funds will be donated to organizations such as the Americana World Community Center, the Louisville Urban League, and the Queer Kentucky to address issues affecting the mental health of underserved people, according to a news release. Hold events focused on suicide prevention training.
Ben Goldman, manager of LMPHW’s Behavioral Health Equity team, said:
If you are at risk, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or text the Crisis Text Line with a TALK at 741741.
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