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A Place for Hope

Mason’s Lindner Center of HOPE Provides Unparalleled Care for Individuals Suffering with Mental Illness

Article by Abbey Bradley

Photography by Len Kaltman-West Chester Corporate Photography

Originally published in Mason & Deerfield Lifestyle

Living in Greater Cincinnati, it’s no secret that there’s a rise in the number of mental health and substance abuse issues. And yet, most aren’t talking about it.

“Sharing stories and opening up the doors to conversation [about mental health] is really important. Reaching out and asking for care is key,” says Jennifer Pierson, Senior Marketing and Outreach Director of the Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason.

Walk through the doors of the Lindner Center, and you immediately find yourself in a safe, welcoming environment where conversations of mental health, substance abuse and many other illnesses are discussed daily. The Lindner Center is a comprehensive mental health center providing patient-centered, scientifically-advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. They provide inpatient, residential and outpatient care, serving patients of all ages.

Ten years ago, learning from friends and colleagues that many people were leaving the Greater Cincinnati area to find adequate mental health treatment, Craig and Frances Lindner set out to create a solution closer to home.

What started out as a vision from the Lindners in 2006, has turned into an internationally recognized facility for mental health care. The lodge-like facility is set on a large, quiet lot off Western Row Road. Trees and wildlife surround the building, welcoming its visitors to leave behind the chaos of busy life beyond the treatment center.

“The Lindners were very influential in the look and feel of the center, bringing the outdoors inside,” Pierson explains. “We have a lot of large windows to let in natural light, which is so important for patients. It’s really meant to feel like a ski lodge. They wanted it in a setting that would be very calming with lots of natural elements.”

Behind the building are walking paths, outdoor seating areas and large trees for the more than 30,000 patients who have walked through the doors since the Lindner Center of HOPE opened.

Beyond the scenery, what sets the Lindner Center apart from other mental health care providers is their highly customized treatment plan for each patient. Whether a patient is coming for a residential stay, which often averages about 22 days, or outpatient care, which consists of weekly, monthly or quarterly visits, the first step is to do a diagnostic evaluation of the patient to gain a holistic understanding of the issues at hand.

“Everybody’s experience is unique to them. There may be themes or groups mutually beneficial for many patients at once, but we try to recognize how we can address very specific needs for each patient,” Pierson says. “We really do see the gamut in terms of disorders—depression, bipolar, anxiety, eating disorders, OCD, substance abuse—or combinations of those.”

According to Pierson, the Lindner Center’s clinical team has seen mental health issues become more and more complex over the years. With a rise in celebrity suicides, public shootings and the opioid crisis, Pierson says the conversation surrounding mental health must continue to become more prevalent in order to treat it.

“It seems that the age of suicide victims is getting younger and younger. When you’re talking about 10-year-old kids, this is a crisis,” Pierson says. “I think we’re at a crossroads here. If we’re going to make some changes, now is the time. What if we were addressing it like other crises? Think about when there’s been an outbreak of Swine flu, for example. The health department, everyone got involved right away. People began getting vaccinated and everybody was talking about it. With mental health, we must treat this the same way. We need to make it front and center.”

Part of the mission of the Lindner Center is to encourage the community to start that conversation. Along with numerous resources on their website, including blogs and educational materials, the Lindner Center also hosts a bi-monthly educational series, which covers topics about mental health, substance abuse disorders, and strategies for coping.

“We want to get people talking about it,” Pierson says. “Mental illness is treatable. It’s a matter of accessing care and getting good, quality care.”

For the residents of Mason and Deerfield Township, that top-level quality of care is right in our backyard. Start the conversation and learn more by visiting the Lindner Center of HOPE’s website.

Lindner Center of HOPE

4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason


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