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Sequestration and Mental Health Funding

on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 14:49

A message from Kathy Dobbins, Wellspring Executive Director:

There has been an outcry across many circles in response to the Sequestration Order, issued on March 1st.  This unprecedented action cancelled approximately $85 billion in budgetary resources across the Federal government until the end of the current Federal fiscal year on September 30th.  

From parks, to home delivered meals for the elderly, to schools and even Thunder Over Louisville, the impact is being felt throughout our community.

Wall Street Journal Video - Why aren't the mentally ill treated more?

on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 13:54

Columbia University Department of Psychiatry Chair Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman discusses the need for society to recognize the symptoms of and treat those with mental illness.

Wellspring Volunteer Bernie Block Honored by WLKY Spirit of Louisville Foundation 2012 Bell Award

on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 13:56
For 35 years, The WLKY Spirit of Louisville Foundation’s Bell Awards have provided a means to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the true “spirit of Louisville” through selfless volunteer efforts and inspire all residents to engage in community service. We at Wellspring applaud Bernie Block as a recipient of the 2012 Bell Award; Bernie is a testament to the fact that one person’s voice can make a difference. 
He is passionate, tireless, and persuasive in his efforts to make a positive impact on the array of available services and the needs of those living with mental illness.

Wellspring Construction Underway at Historic Tonini Site in Phoenix Hill Neighborhood

on Thu, 09/13/2012 - 15:39

Apartments planned at old Tonini Site

Original Post: 1:02 PM, Sep 11, 2012 | The Courier-Journal

Twenty years after the Tonini Church Supply company moved to St. Matthews from Phoenix Hill, work has started on a $2.5 million project to convert the company’s original historic buildings on South Shelby Street to apartments.

A new building also will be constructed next door to create 12 apartments in all for chronically mentally ill clients of Wellspring social service agency, which has created community housing at nearly 20 other sites, too.

Wellspring hopes to have people living there by

Charlie Rose Brain Series 2: Schizophrenia

on Thu, 08/23/2012 - 14:38

This is a very high-quality discussion about schizophrenia, with top scientists and a highly recovered consumer. 

Eric Kandel of Columbia University
Danny Hurley
Steven M. Paul of Weill Cornell Medical College
Cornelia Bargmann of Rockefeller University
Judith Rapoport of The National Institute of Mental Health
David A. Lewis of University of Pittsburgh


Wellspring's August Newsletter

on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 12:14

Don't miss our latest newsletter!  And you can read it here before it even hits your mailbox.

In this issue:

  • A tribute to our Founding Chair, Phil Ardery, who has left behind many extraordinary legacies
  • Wellspring is awarded Seven Counties Services' Champion of Community in Recovery Award
  • Carolyn, a recent Ardery House graduate, tells her recovery story
  • Announcing our newest Honorary Lifetime Board Member, Jackie Swigart
  • Peer Support Specialist Emily Hill's report on implementing a new program at Ardery House
  • ... and much more!

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Mental illness is no mystery and can be treated - Wellspring's Courier-Journal Reader Letter

on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 09:33

The following letter to the editor was published in the August 4, 2012 edition of The Courier-Journal.

The headline of The Courier-Journal the day after the Denver shootings read “Motive a Mystery,” reflecting our natural desire to understand why someone would do something so horrific as shoot dozens of strangers in a movie theater. However, the history of such shootings suggests that there was no motive, no rational objective, behind the alleged actions of James Holmes.

Remembering our Founding Board Chair, Philip P. Ardery

on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 15:22

The following is The Courier-Journal's article about the expansive achievements Phil Ardery accomplished in his lifetime, including helping found the Schizophrenia Foundation of Kentucky, which later became Wellspring.  With the help of his unflagging dedication, Wellspring has improved the lives of over 6,000 individuals with mental illness throughout our 30-year history.  Phil will be deeply missed, but he will live on in the many extraordinary legacies he has left behind that will continue to improve the lives of thousands of people.

You can read his obituary here.

Philip Ardery, war

Don't Miss our May Newsletter!

on Tue, 06/19/2012 - 12:14

See highlights of the 14th Annual Derby Preview Party, learn about the Louisville Alliance for Supportive Housing, and read a message from Executive Director Kathy Dobbins in our most recent newsletter.  View our newsletter online here.

If you would like to be added to our newsletter mailing list, contact Melissa Kratzer at or (502) 753-1457 today!

Wellspring's February Newsletter

on Fri, 02/24/2012 - 15:46

Don't miss the February edition of our newsletter.  Get it here before it hits your mailbox!

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