One in five people are affected by mental illness across the country. For the first time, Southeast Kentucky now has a local office supported by a national organization to support families dealing with mental illness.
The National Association of Mental Illness or "NAMI" celebrated the opening of an office at the Hazard ARH Psychiatric Center. Leaders say it's the first of its kind in the region.
It's a place where families can go to get more information and support for living with someone with a mental illness.
"The money that we received today will be used to provide educational programs to anyone who wants to take the classes and they will be provided free of charge," said NAMI Hazard President Juanita Bartley.
"That's something that's desperately needed for families that are going through a new diagnosis with mental illness and even the on-going support and love of someone with mental illness," said ARH Psychiatric Center Executive Director Wendy Morris.
For more information on NAMI Hazard, you can call 606-439-6603.