Local nonprofit raises money for mental heath care

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Local nonprofit HopeNet held a fundraiser tonight to raise money to make counseling services more accessible in Kansas.

The nonprofit aims at providing mental health care to underserved communities.

“We’re there to have someone come alongside you so you don’t feel alone in a crisis or problem,” Director Jolynn Bright said. “They may think there’s no one to listen or care but we’re here to help them find a solution and get unstuck.”

Police chief Gordon Ramsay attended as well as other first responders who say they see mental health issues daily as a part of their job.

Officers at the event believe mental health and community resources are vital investments for the city.

“On any given day we run into people that are having mental health crisis and we need someone to refer them to,” Bel Aire Police Chief Darrell Atteberry said. “Without places like HopeNet, our toolbox is empty. We need organizations like HopeNet that can offset the cost of treatment for people to help them get back to a productive life.”

The donations will go towards funding counseling sessions.