Indianapolis Award Program Honors the Achievement INDIANAPOLIS July 26, 2012 Key Consumer Organization has been selected for the 2012 Best of Indianapolis Award in the Doctors & Clinics category by the Indianapolis Award Program.
We advocate individually and collectively in order to improve services, promote understanding, and end discrimination against persons with mental illness. Our mission includes not only protecting our rights., but also educating ourselves and the public about phychiatric disorders. We unite our efforts with others concerned about themselves or loved ones being treated by mental health professionals.
The KEY Consumer Organization strives to empower and strengthen mental health consumers who use Indiana's mental health treatment services.
Indiana consumers began organizing in 1984 and KEY was formally started in 1998 with support from the Mental Health Association. Non-profit status was obtained in mid 1990 under the guidance of an all consumer Board of Directors. With local affiliate groups now active statewide, KEY also assists with other self-help groups.
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.
Through a grant from Family & Social Services Administration Division of Menatl Health & Addiction and the Indiana Consumer Council with KEY Consumer Organization as the administrator of the grant, a billborad campaign was launched in Central Indiana August 2012. Every three months four billboards are strategically placed on Clear Channel Billboards throughout central Indiana to decrease mental health stigma. Billboards are presently located at 16th Street & Harding, 82nd Street & I-69, 10th Street & Mithoffer, and on I-65 South between Greenwood & New Whiteland.
It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your career and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management.
Mental illnesses are very common. They are also widely misunderstood. People with mental illnesses are frequently stigmatized by others who think it's an uncommon condition. The truth is, mental illness can happen to anybody.
Arm yourself with the facts, then use your knowledge to educate others and reach out to those around you with mental illness. Understanding and support are powerful, and they can make a real difference in the life of a person who needs them.