Addressing Mental Health
Before Stage 4

When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention.

When people are in the first stage of those diseases, and are beginning to show signs of symptoms like a persistent cough, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, we try immediately to reverse these symptoms. We don’t ignore them. In fact, we develop a plan of action to reverse and sometimes stop the progression of the disease. Mental illness is the same.  It’s up to all of us to know the signs and take action so that mental illnesses can be caught early and treated, and we can live up to our full potential.

Mental Health America of the Heartland knows that intervening effectively during early stages of mental illness can save lives and change the trajectories of people living with mental illnesses. The results can be truly amazing and life changing.

Mental health conditions should be addressed long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process—before Stage 4.

To learn more about how you can protect your mental health and know the signs of mental illness #B4Stage4, contact Mental Health America of the Heartland at 913-281-2221 or


Impact of Smoking in African American Populations

Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the U.S., accounting for more than 442,000 total deaths and more than 30% of all cancer deaths annually.

Although African American smokers use fewer cigarettes per day than Whites, they are more likely to experience a tobacco-related disease or death. For example, African Americans are 43-55% more likely than Whites to develop lung cancer due to smoking. Non-daily smokers, or those who smoke on some but not all days, represent a growing number of smokers. Roughly 1 out of 4 African Americans who use cigarettes smoke on some but not all days.


Things to Consider Before Adopting

Bringing a child into a loving family makes the effort worthwhile.

With one of six couples in the U.S. experiencing infertility, many are looking at adoption as a method to build their family. The average adopting couple is over the age of 30, married 5-plus years, experiencing infertility and desires a young child to be part of their family. Many have been frustrated for years with their unsuccessful fertility treatment and want to become parents.