Mental Health Month observed in Searcy

SEARCY – To commemorate Mental Health Awareness Month in Searcy, Mayor Mat Faulkner signed a proclamation at City Hall with Unity Health Interim President/CEO LaDonna Johnston and members of the behavioral health services leadership team.

“We are grateful to Mayor Faulkner for recognizing the importance of mental health in our community, and we appreciate his efforts to successfully observe this month with dignity and respect for those with mental health needs,” Assistant Vice President of Behavioral Health at Unity Health, Pam Kelly Purvis said, “We hope that through this proclamation members of our community will seek help for their mental health needs.”

“With this proclamation, we want to create awareness and encourage community members to pay attention to their mental health and take it seriously,” Unity Health Interim President/CEO, LaDonna Johnston said. “We want people to understand they can seek help for themselves, friends and family, when things become overwhelming. Everyone experiences difficulties. It is important to know you are not alone and there is help and hope.” 

Unity Health Behavioral Health offers comprehensive mental and behavioral health services at multiple locations, with providers in Searcy, Newport, Jacksonville, Cabot and Heber Springs. Outpatient counseling and inpatient treatment offer options to patients and families seeking mental health assistance. To learn more, visit

Unity Health is an Arkansas healthcare system consisting of four hospitals, 28 family practice clinics, specialists and specialty clinics consisting of 15 areas of practice including: Unity Health – Cardiology Clinic, Unity Health – Orthopaedic and Spine Center, the Pyeatt Family Cancer Center, inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation, as well as inpatient and outpatient behavioral health. 

As the leading healthcare provider and largest employer in an eight-county area, Unity Health and its more than 2,300 associates strive to improve the quality of health and well-being for the communities they serve through compassionate care. Unity Health has more than 150 physicians who specialize in various areas of healthcare.