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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


Food Drive

Northeastern Center to Kick Off 2018 Annual Food Drive

The 9th annual NEC Food Drive begins Monday, February 12, and runs through Wednesday, March 14.

NEC Offices in Noble, LaGrange Steuben, and DeKalb, counties will collect food and household
items which will be distributed to area food banks in each county.

During the 2017 Food Drive Northeastern Center collected over 1,900 items for food banks in
Northeast Indiana.

Help us break the record this year and donate at your nearest Northeastern Center office. Items
collected must be unopened and not past the expiration date.

Save the Date 2018 5K Stomp out the Stigma Walk/Run

Save the Date: New Hope Clubhouse 6th Annual Stomp Out the Stigma 5K

The 6th Annual New Hope clubhouse 5K will take place on Saturday, September 8, at Bixler Lake Park in Kendallville, IN. Proceeds from the event go towards the New Hope Clubhouse educational fund and help purchase learning tools for the program.

The event combines the paths and trails around Bixler Lake and is open to both runners and walkers.

Registration information will be coming soon.

Support and Family Education Meeting

Support And

Family Education

Program developed by the Department of Veteran Affairs

Do you have a family member or friend with a mental illness?

Do you feel like sometimes no one understands?

You are not alone…

 The S.A.F.E. Program is sponsored by the Northeastern Center, Inc and Cameron Hospital.

Call Jane Sanderson at the Northeastern Center, Inc. at 260-665-9494 with any questions.

Confidential                                      No Charge                           No Reservation Needed

The second Tuesday of Every Month at Cameron Hospital, Conference Room 2

6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

1/9, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8, 6/12, 7/10, 8/14, 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11

SAFE Program

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

Mental Health Awareness

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. But people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.

Sometimes people struggling with mental health concerns develop habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves.

May is Mental Health Month; Northeastern Center is raising awareness of Risky Business (#riskybusiness). The campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals dealing with a mental health concern understand that some behaviors and habits can be detrimental to recovery—or even mask a deeper issue—but that seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of.

Take the interactive quiz at and tell us when you think behaviors or habits go from being acceptable to unhealthy.

Northeastern Center wants everyone to know that mental illnesses are real, that recovery is always the goal, and that even if you or someone you love are engaging in risky behavior, there is help. It is important to understand early symptoms of mental illness and know when certain behaviors are potentially signs of something more.

We need to speak up early and educate people about risky behavior and its connection to mental illness—and do so in a compassionate, judgment-free way.

When we engage in prevention and early identification, we can help reduce the burden of mental illness by identifying symptoms and warning signs early—and provide effective treatment Before Stage 4.