Memorial Day—thank you
Today is Memorial Day. Only in the past few years have I come to truly appreciate the importance of this date. Thanks to veterans I’ve come to know, respect, and care about through Davidson LifeLIne, I find myself grateful for the sacrifice of our veterans. I’ve read so many times, “they fought so you can be free”. I listened, I heard, but now I truly appreciate. This short Memorial Day History provides some context around when Memorial Day came to first be observed and how this commemoration has evolved.
Suicide among veterans is absolute tragedy. Military Suicides: 1 US Veteran Dies Every 65 Minutes. Men and women, serving our country, experiencing life changing events for you and for me. Those events sometimes manifest themselves as mental health illness such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD later on. Davidson LifeLine recognizes that veterans are at risk for mental health illness and suicide and are working to reach this group to provide education (such as QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer)), awareness, and resources. Special thanks to Irvin Brawley and Mayor John Woods for helping me see.
Join us for a Panel Forum, What is Stigma, Anyway?
Carolinas HealthCare System, Davidson College and Davidson LifeLine are hosting “What Is Stigma, Anyway?” To commemorate Mental Health Month and the anniversary of the opening of the Mindy Ellen Levine Behavioral Health Center, CHS offers a panel forum to discuss ways a community can remove stigma surrounding mental illness.
Davidson Mayor John Woods will be among the speakers, along with CHS Behavioral Health-Davidson hospital director Tom Gettelman; Dr. John Santopietro, chief clinical officer of behavioral health at Carolinas HealthCare; and Mary Ward, the substance abuse director at CHS Davidson. The panel will be moderated by Lynn Hennighausen, Davidson LifeLine President.
Guests will have a chance to network with behavioral health leaders from the area, sign up for mental health First Aid training, learn ways to manage day-to-day stress. More information at What is Stigma, Anyway?
Part of the vision of the leaders of the Mindy Ellen Levine Behavioral Health Center is to provide a quieting environment, one that is conducive to healing. Their facility environment absolutely conveys that, and now patient arrival does, as well. Take a look at Art Student’s Mural Livens up Hospital Entry.
In The News
Another great website for health information is Healthfinder.gov. This link will take you to basic information about managing stress. It’s important because we know that stress is linked to all kinds of health problems, including heart disease. Manage what you can to reduce your risk!
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