LifeSkills has been providing mental health services in south central Kentucky for more than 40 years, and they now plan on continuing to do so under new leadership. New President/CEO Joe Dan Beavers said though he'll assume his new position in September, the importance of client well being will still be a top priority.
"There's hope provided to them. Whether it's on the mental health or behavioral health side, our developmental disability services, or our addiction and substance abuse services. We have such a great story to tell and there's such wonderful things happening here. It's hard to not be compelled by that when you hear it. I think that goes for saying all of our staff here."
Tuesday's events at an elementary school near Atlanta only strengthen the importance of places like Lifeskills in our community.
The alleged shooter, Michael Brandon Hill, 20, is reportedly diagnosed with a mental illness and failed to take medication. Doctors said despite recent events, those who are mentally ill aren't necessarily prone to violence.
"Instances of what we've seen occur no more frequently in the population of mentally ill, than what we've seen in the general population." commented Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Dr. John Sivley.
LifeSkills officials say they want to continue to be a haven for those who feel they have nowhere else to turn.
"Our primary mission is to support people with mental illness so they can live productive lives." added Sivley.
"We can provide those services. That's our mission and that's why we're here, to help folks." said Beavers.
Doctors point out all it takes in many cases, is one individual to express concern to avert a crisis. There were no injuries in Tuesday's shooting in Georgia. Reports claimed a school employee helped talk the gunman out of what could have been a massacre; showing why services like the ones provided at LifeSkills can really help stop the problem before it begins.