Community partners to hold workshop Saturday on how to access mental illness and addiction resources

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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 resources in Douglas County.

Researchers estimate about half of those experiencing substance use disorder during their lifetime also experience a mental disorder and vice versa.

Scheduled speakers include Lisa Cyrus, peer support program manager at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, and Bruce Liese, clinical director of the Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment, and a 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 an online announcement about the event. Peer specialists blend their own experiences with community resources to provide support to their peers in recovery.

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

Uplift Coffee will be onsite to sell $3 drinks and $3.25 pastries from 9 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 reporter, can be reached at tmasenthin (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Read more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

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