"With over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field as an emergency room assessor, I identified a need-gap on availability of a single comprehensive resource tool on mental health.
I have observed that mental health remains a topic tainted with stigma and insufficient dissemination of information. I have seen too many people suffering from the feeling that they are struggling alone without any support system, or think they are the only ones with a problem, or are uncomfortable discussing any matter related to mental health—be it for themselves or for someone they know.
I have met patients, family members, and even health care providers, who were not able to access or provide adequate care simply because they did not have the correct information when needed. I have also witnessed, first-hand, how having timely, correct information can eliminate one’s fear of being alone and not knowing or understanding what to do. The power of information simply cannot be understated. I decided to create this publication to provide a one-stop, summarized resource for some of this information."
- Jacqui Ragin, MS, MPH, PhD
Launched in March 2021, Mental Health Spectrum is a one of a kind publication serving Las Vegas and surrounding areas. As a resource for psychological wellness, it is more than a simple directory: it provides a wide range of information intended to advocate, educate, and inform the community at large on all matters concerning mental health. Along with provider listings, it contains other related information such as hospital listings, hotlines, helplines, support groups, state/local agencies, and more. Each issue is based on a theme to provide more focused content for relevant articles and information.
Mental Health Spectrum is published quarterly: February, May, August and November.
To get the publication into the hands of the end user, a direct distribution strategy is employed. Issues are delivered to primary care providers, faith-based networks, hospitals, city and county agencies, public, private, and charter school districts, licensing boards, and nonprofit agencies.
The publication is currently distributed free to users.
Dr. Jacqueline Ragin is the founder of the recently launched publication company, MHR Media LLC, under which she also produced her first founding publication, Mental Health Spectrum (MHS). Jacqui also writes articles for MHS. She has over 20 years’ experience conducting mental health evaluations, primarily in the emergency rooms. Her passion is helping people who struggle with mental health issues. She is currently a board member of the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention. In prior years, Jacqui was a volunteer with the Rape Crisis Center and the Alzheimer's Association. She holds a PhD in Sociology, two master’s degrees in Public Health (MPH) and Mental Health Counseling (MS), and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Anjum Khan is a multi-talented individual with 20+ years of experience primarily in the healthcare and education industries as an editor, writer, research analyst, coach, and consultant. She has over 12 years experience in managing and coaching research and writing projects, with a strong talent for knowledge management, data collection & analysis, and developing content strategy. She has worked on a wide range of projects, especially articles, books, curricula, dissertations, information architecture, manuals/handbooks, proposals, surveys, and white papers. Some of her previous work includes: curriculum editor & consultant with the American Medical Women’s Association, research & technical writer with the Chicago Regional Health Administration for DHHS, and research analyst with the Futures Group International and Family Health International.
As an academic and life coach, Anjum strives to help students, professionals, and others realize their full potential and achieve their goals. She emphasizes the importance of good mental health as vital to the success of this endeavor for anyone. Anjum has a master’s degree in Applied Demography and a dual bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Demography. She is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Scrum Coach (SCAC), and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Practitioner. She also holds a Professional Life Coaching Diploma, and is the author of the children's book, "Just Imagine...What You Can Do!"
Storm Thornicroft is a well-established creative arts and graphic designer, portrait artist, and muralist. She has previously worked at Virgen Advertising as Senior Art Director where she spear-headed the art team and managed the creative development of tailor-made campaigns for the Resort & Tourism, Entertainment, Health Care and Retail sectors. At Pinnacle Entertainment, she was the Senior Designer and Team Lead of six of Pinnacle's 16 gaming/entertainment properties across the United States. Her most recent position has been Regional Creative Manager for MGM Resorts International.
Her most notable accomplishments include:
• creating the original branding concepts for Mike Tyson’s one-man show “The Undisputed Truth”. Directed by Spike Lee and nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Variety, this is a fascinating journey into the tumultuous life and career of this sports icon.
• establishing the primary identity for City of Rosemont, Illinois, a thriving commercial and entertainment hub.
Storm is a lover of all things well designed and takes pride in developing her craft. Her true passion is mentoring and developing future leaders within the design industry. Storm has a BFA in Communication Design with Honors (Summa Cum Laude).