Save the Date: What is Stigma, Anyway?
Carolinas HealthCare System and the Mindy Ellen Levine Behavioral Health Hospital (Davidson) are offering a community event, “What is Stigma Anyway?” on May 28, 4:00-6:00 at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House. Come listen to John Santopietro, MD, FAPA, Chief Clinical Officer of Behavioral Health at Carolinas HealthCare System, Town of Davidson Mayor Woods, and others discuss stigma and continue conversations about behavioral health. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A. I’m excited that there will be opportunities to talk and learn about effective ways to manage stress and anxiety, critical tools to living mentally well. Here are the details: Save the Date Mental Health event
Celebrating DLL’s Student Leadership Team
Last night, the Student Leadership Team met at Tenders in Huntersville to celebrate an exciting and productive year. Together, this group of high schoolers from Hough High, Cannon School, Community School of Davidson, and Lake Norman Charter School planned and implemented two amazing programs: a Panel Discussion for parents and other adults about social media platforms and digital citizenship and Text Talk Act, a project they brought into their respective schools to start mental health awareness conversations. Because of them, more than 1000 conversations began!
A couple of weeks ago, student leader Ariana Forouzad, and I had the opportunity to talk about Text Talk Act at our local CBS affiliate. Check out Ariana & Mrs H
Thank you to student leader, Alexa Mooney from the Community School of Davidson for this great article: The Stigma of Mental Illness in Schools
Mental Health America offers tremendous resources, information, and guidance. This article, What Health Plans Should Provide, offers a description of what we should be looking for regarding mental health benefits. Let’s get on board!
In the News
Thanks, Lisa Hilse, for this insightful article. 3 Important Lessons I Leaned from Interning at a Mental Health Non-Profit . Written by Alivia Hall, a young women with an anxiety disorder, she talks about the importance of working in an understanding and judgement-free environment, the importance of being passionate, and the importance of stopping stigma. See what you think!
I really like David Brooks, New York Times columnist. Here’s one I love: Love and Merit
Disconcerting article in the Charlotte Observer regarding suicides in Mecklenburg County. Davidson LifeLine is hoping to get involved. Here’s the link: Teen Suicides in Mecklenburg County on the Uprise
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