Several members of the executive team from the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas will be traveling to Topeka on March 13 and 14 to advocate
on behalf of mental health.

We are increasingly disturbed at the false connection that many politicians are trying to draw between gun violence and mental health. People with mental illnesses are actually 12 times more likely to be victims of crime than perpetrators. We need to continue educating people about the truth regarding mental health issues, instead of making people afraid of them just for political gain.

During the course of these two days, representatives from non-profits throughout Kansas will be talking with elected officials about a range of topics from public health, to social services, to education and the arts. Contrary to popular belief, not-for- profit organizations are allowed to both advocate and lobby their elected officials, unless specifically outlawed by that particular organization’s charter or governing documents. They do, however, have to show those costs on their annual Form 990 filing.

For more information about the counseling services and other programs that MHA throughout south central Kansas, call 316-685-1821.

— Eric Litwiller, Director of Communications, Mental Health Assocation of South Central Kansas.