HUTCHINSON, Kan.— A new support system to help those suffering from mental illness will celebrate its grand opening in Hutchinson next week. Milestone Clubhouse, will hold its Grand Opening Thursday, June 17, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm during Third Thursday in downtown Hutchinson.
Located at 206 North Main, the event is free and open to the public who are invited to come visit Milestone Clubhouse while enjoying light refreshments. Milestone Clubhouse staff, current members of the community support center and representatives from the Board of Directors will be available to provide information regarding membership during the open house.
Milestone Clubhouse, supported by Breakthrough Wichita, is based on the Clubhouse model that originated in a concept pioneered by Fountain House in New York City. Fountain House is committed to helping people with mental illness stay out of hospitals while achieving educational, financial, and vocational goals.
Milestone Clubhouse began through community collaborative conversations and efforts led by local mental health advocates, including United Way of Reno County and Horizons Mental Health Center. The primary goal is to provide social and economic inclusion which reverses the alarming trends of higher suicide, hospitalization and incarceration rates associated with mental illness.
Milestone Clubhouse is currently in the process of being certified by Clubhouse International. Should Milestone Clubhouse be granted certification, they stand to join over 300 local Clubhouses in more than 30 countries around the world. Clubhouse International certifies Clubhouses that offer people living with mental illness opportunities for friendship, employment, housing, education and access to medical and psychiatric services in a single caring and safe environment.