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Stigma Free Noble County – Child & Adolescent Mental Health Addiction Conference 2019

Date and Time

Fri, May 3, 2019
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
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On May 3, 2019, Stigma Free Noble County’s Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Conference will take place. This conference will be the first free, mental health and addiction conference held in Noble County for many years. We are holding the conference at the Kendallville Public Library. The conference will take place 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM. The schedule for the day is as follows:

  1. 830-9 sign in/registration
  2. 9-915 introductions/housekeeping items
  3. 930-1030 1st block- Session A and Session B
  4. 1045-1145 2nd block- Session A and Session B
  5. 12-1 lunch on your own or QPR training with your own lunch
  6. 115-215 3rd block- Session A and Session B
  7. 230-330 4th block- Session A and Session B
  8. 330-4 closing remarks/evaluations/certificates.

The conference will focus on the mental health and addiction needs, resources, tools, and how to reduce stigma with children and adolescents coping with mental health and/or addiction. Speakers to be announced in February!



Donation Received for Stomp out the Stigma

East Noble Girls Soccer Team donates $450.00 to New Hope Clubhouse

Each year the East Noble Girls Soccer team selects an area organization to support.  This year they selected the Kendallville New Hope clubhouse and their fundraising efforts raised $450.00.

Pictured from left to right: Bambee Lehman, New Hope Clubhouse Director; Jamey Walker, Makenna’s mother; Makenna Brokaw, East Noble Soccer Representative

Stomp out the Stigma 5K

Thanks for all those that sponsored or participated in our 6th Annual 5K on September 8, 2018 at Bixler Lake

Organization Sponsor Level
Albrights Bronze
Angola American Legion Post 31 Bronze
Bakers Flowers & Gifts, LLC Bronze
DeKalb County YMCA Bronze
Ellison Bakery Bronze
Jansen Family Dentistry Bronze
Komets Bronze
Krogers Bronze
Noble County Council on Aging, Inc. Bronze
VFW Post 2749 Bronze
Walmart Bronze
Carriage House Gold
Clubhouse Indiana Gold
DeKalb Health Gold
Jemco Advertising Gold
Miller’s Merry Manor-LaGrange Gold
ProFed Financial Advisors, LLC Gold
Cameron Memorial Hospital Platinum
Steel Dynamics Inc Platinum
Ashley Industrial Molding Inc Silver
Auburn Essential Services Silver
FinishWorks Silver
Hixson Sand & Gravel Inc Silver
Lakeland Apartments LLP Silver
Seiler Excavating Inc Silver
Self Advocate – STARS (The Arc Foundation of Noble County) Silver
Signature Construction by Mike Ley, LLC Silver
The Pure Dream LLC Silver
Tri State Veterinary Clinic Silver
Walgreens Silver
Walmart Distribution Center 6074 Silver
Wayside Furniture Silver


Hope Walk

Hope Walk 2018

by Noble County Suicide Prevention

Please join us as we walk to bring awareness and hope to suicide prevention In our communities. The event will take place at East noble High School on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  The walk route is less than a mile roundtrip with areas to rest. Even if you don’t walk, please come join the fun.

This is a family friendly fun event! Please feel free to wear team gear, show tribute to a loved one, or support a friend.

Please use the front parking lot at the school. Registration and kick-off activities will be in the main gym.

Together we can save lives!



Wed, April 18, 2018

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT



East Noble High School

901 Garden Street

Kendallville, IN 46755


Click the link for FREE event registration:

Mission Statement:
Noble County Suicide Prevention is a coalition of concerned citizens and organizations working together to reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts across Noble County and surrounding communities. We will work to achieve this by certifying educators, caregivers, social service providers, those in local government, clergy, industries and the general public in Question Persuade and Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention. We will also work to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness through education, advocacy and promotion of available support services.

What were you wearing

“What were you wearing”

“What were you wearing” is a myth often used to blame survivors and justify perpetrators. As a society, it has become acceptable to assume that an individual was dressed in a way that would ask for it. Through this installation, it is our hope to begin to raise awareness that “what were you wearing” is irrelevant regarding sexual assault. It is our hope that survivors would feel heard, validated, believed and to know that the assault was not their fault. In raising awareness, we want to redirect the blame from the victim to the individual(s) that caused the harm.  This installation provides real stories from survivors of sexual assault and replicas of the clothing that they had on during the assault. This installation provides insight into the reality that assault can happen to anyone, no matter your gender, race, sexuality or what clothing you may be wearing.

Although it has been displayed on multiple campuses in the Midwest since 2013, the installation gained notoriety in 2017 at the University of Kansas. We are honored to be able to share this moving installation here at Trine University during our Take Back the Night event, to continue to raise awareness and support for all those impacted by sexual assault.  The instillation will be on display in the University Center on Trine University’s campus. The display can be viewed on April 5th and 12th from 9:30 am – 7:00 pm in conference room 2. Trine University campus counselors as well as Northeastern Center counselors will be on site during display hours to support any and all impacted by the instillation.

For more information contact Nicole Johnson-Smith at 260-665-9494 or via email


Stomp out the Stigma Update


On September 9, 2017, New Hope Clubhouse held the 5th Annual “Stomp out the Stigma” 5K
run/walk. This event promotes community awareness and works to eliminate the stigma associated
with the illness. Over 160 persons participated in this year’s event. Through volunteers and
sponsorships, New Hope raised funds to support the men and women to achieve their employment,
educational and career goals.

Sponsors for the 2017 event included:

Auburn Massage Center
Buffalo Wild Wings
Cole Center YMCA
Doc’s Do It Best Hardware & Rental
Hoham Feed & Seed
Lyn Maree Boutique
Miscellaneous Donations Day of Race
NCG Cinemas
Pizza Forum
Karen Markward
Jana Hernandez
Phyllis Nicholas
Community Foundation of
DeKalb County
DeKalb Health
East Noble School Corporation
Hossinger Refrigeration, Inc.
Lakeland Apartments
Nicole Bobay
Maria Heaston
Noble County Council on Aging, Inc.
Stephanie Harvey
Signature Construction by Mike Ley
Steel Dynamics Inc
Alum-Elec Structures, Inc./Quick Tanks, Inc.
Cameron Memorial Community Hospital
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
Blue Gate Hospitality
E&B Paving, Inc.
Hayden Honda
Hixson Sand & Gravel, Inc.
Max Platt Ford Lincoln, Inc.
Noble County Disposal
Wayside Furniture
Yoder & Kraus


In the early 1990’s a director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation from Boston University
made appearances at a number of conferences and seminars around the country. His name was
William “Bill” Anthony. He was in the forefront of the mental health recovery movement. Bill
spoke in terms of ‘recovery’ from mental illness and promoted concepts like ‘wellness’ and ‘hope’.
During the 1970’s and early 80’s institutionalization was still the norm for many persons with
‘serious and persistent mental illness’. Deinstitutionalization began in Indiana in 1983, when BS
level staff was hired to conduct community surveys. Their job was to identify the type of services
necessary to sustain persons with mental illness in the community. Initial services consisted of
residential programs and day programs. Eventually vocational services along with communitybased
case management came into being. By 1993 the State of Indiana introduced Medicaid
Rehabilitation Option funding, making it possible for all mental health centers around the state to
expand from 1 case manager per county to multiple case managers for adults. Then by 1997
children and adolescents received financial coverage.

The VALUES of Psychiatric Rehabilitation* took us from day treatment services that provided an
ADL maintenance mentality to ushering in the first Clubhouse in Indiana, with an emphasis on the

  • FUNCTIONING – a focus on competency in all areas of life
  • ENVIRONMENT – programming with ‘real world’ context, known as the ‘in vivo’ experience
  • OUTCOME – evaluating clients’ success based on the accountability of the rehabilitation deliverer
  • ORIENTATION – judging the usefulness of technique by its impact on client outcome
  • CLIENT INVOLVEMENT – focus on the participation by the client in selecting his/her own goals
  • CHOICE – allowing the client to determine his/her success and satisfaction measures
  • COMPREHENSIVENESS – a holistic view of persons served: mind, body, spirit
  • SUPPORT – providing assistance and reinforcement as long as needed
  • GROWTH POTENTIAL – a focus on the inherent capacity of any person to improve and grow; an attitude of hope
  • INDIVIDUALIZATION – respecting a person’s unique differences and developing specificity as a means of distinguishing among people.

*Farkas, M.D. and Anthony, W.A.(1989)Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs: Putting Theory into Practice. Baltimore,
Johns Hopkins University Press

It is this approach, along with CARF standards of care that has provided the underpinning of
service philosophy and practices at Northeastern Center, Inc. Each year, as we recognize
MAY as MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH, let us remind ourselves that our valuesdriven,
consumer-focused recovery models continue to provide the best outcomes for all persons
Submitted by: Sue Sprague, LCSW