Lafayette organization helps provide mental health resources

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – A local mental health organization recently received $25,000 from the state to help provide resources for people with mental health and addiction issues.

Significant Minds United was founded in 2005. It is being revitalized and has provided more resources than ever before.

Jennifer Thorpe is CEO and President of Meaningful Minds United. She was once a victim of a mental disorder and sought help from the organization. She said that after years of recovering, she realized how much help she needed.

After several suicide attempts and years of recovery, she said her experiences qualified her for the job.

“You weren’t well, but now that you’re well, you’re able to help someone else because you’re more stable; you’re more focused and you’re more intentional,” Thorpe said.

Thorpe said Meaningful Minds United is not only a source of recovery, but also focuses on eliminating the shame and judgment surrounding mental illness.

“We sweep it under the rug when we don’t want to talk about it,” Thorpe said. “Especially in suicide cases.”

Thorpe said removing judgment and shame also comes with understanding, and no two cases are the same. She also said that true recovery requires more than treating the symptom.

“It’s not all about a bottle of pills, a medicine. Just a conversation from someone like me or one of my team members can be great,” Thorpe said.

She said that while recovery takes work, recovery is possible.

“There’s always hope, there’s always resilience. I’m living proof of that,” Thorpe said.

For more information, visit their website.

The organization needs a peer support specialist. To apply or for more information about the position, call the Meaningful Minds United office at (337)-781-3654.

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