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'Behind the Blue': Lexington lawyer Bruce Simpson on mental health struggles and importance of treatment

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 23, 2024) – On May 1, 1824, Eastern State Hospital opened its doors as part of Fayette Hospital, becoming just the second state psychiatric hospital in the nation. Now 200 years later, it also holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating state psychiatric hospital in the U.S.

Last week, Eastern State Hospital held a celebration to honors its 200 years of mental health service to the Commonwealth. Lexington lawyer Bruce Simpson – who received treatment at Eastern State Hospital following a suicide attempt – joined the celebration to share his personal story and to thank the staff who helped him. 

On this episode of “Behind the Blue,” Simpson joins the podcast to talk openly and candidly about his longterm struggles with mental health, including his suicide attempt. He also highlights the importance of Eastern State Hospital and why mental health should be prioritized just as highly as physical health.

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