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Community partners to hold workshop on Saturday on how to access mental illness and addiction resources – The Lawrence Times

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A collective of Douglas County community partners will host an upcoming workshop, “Navigating Mental Illness and Addiction”. Organizers aim to offer information, break down barriers and empower community members on how to navigate Douglas County resources.

Researcher estimate about half of people with substance use disorders in their lifetime also have a mental disorder and vice versa.


Scheduled speakers include Lisa Cyrus, Peer Support Program Manager at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Centerand Bruce Liese, Clinical Director of Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatmentand professor of family medicine and psychiatry at the University of Kansas.

Opportunities for discussions and question-and-answer sessions with guest speakers and peer support specialists are planned, according to a online ad on the event. Peer specialists combine their own experiences with community resources to provide support to their peers in recovery.

The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 19 at the Flory Meeting Hall on the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St. Advance registration is required. Book your place at this link.

Uplifting coffee will be on hand to sell $3 drinks and $3.25 pastries from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The event is sponsored by Eudora Community Library, United Way of Douglas County, Bert Nash, Lions International, Douglas County, K-State Research and Extension, the KU Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and the Cofrin Logan Center.

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Tricia Masenthin (she/her), equity journalist, can be reached at tmasenthin (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Read more about his work for The Times here. Check out his staff biography here.

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