Davidson LifeLine Hosted Community Response to Charleston Killing
The shootings at the Emanuel AME in Charleston evoked raw emotion in all of us. The shooter has not succeeded in dividing the community. Not in Charleston, not in Davidson. Davidson LifeLine sees this unspeakable tragedy as an opportunity to talk about community unity, public safety, and available resources for help.
Jerry Hancock, Executive Director of Men in Balance and long-time host of WTVI’s Final Edition, moderated a conversation between our community and Rev Dr. Jody Seymour, Davidson United Methodist Church, Associate Pastor Michael Flake, Lake Forest Church, Rabbi Michael Shields, Temple Kol Tikvah, Pastor Lib McGregor Simmons, Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Dr. Tom Gettelman, Ph.D. Carolinas HealthCare System, and Tracy Mattison Brandon, Gethsemene Baptist Church. More than 110 people came to listen.
One of the themes was the importance of small steps; the idea of “stepping across the aisle”, even when it’s a little uncomfortable at first. My family was at a friend’s house last night to watch the USA Women win the World Cup (Go USA!) and someone told me about two women sitting behind her, talking during the Community Response. They (very quietly) spoke at times through the entire event. Afterward, they, one woman white the other African American, exchanged phone numbers and agreed to meet for coffee. Perfect.
The panelist remarks were open and honest, with conversation about next steps toward community unity. Check out Carrie Causey’s article in the Herald Weekly, Charleston Shooting Motivates Community Unity. In a related article, Margo Williams writes, In Davidson, Two Churches Gather for the Charlotte Observer. photo courtesy of Jane Campbell, Charlotte Observer
Davidson LifeLine Website
Jump over to Davidson LifeLine “resource” tab to see:
- Lake Norman area mental health resources, including resources for dealing with suicide
- Be4Me, a parent guide to social media, digital citizenship, and healthy boundaries
Mental Health First Aid Class this week!
Lynn Burke Hennighausen and Kris Batchelor will be teaching a Mental Health First Aid course at Triple Play Farm here in Davidson on July 9-10. It is an eight hour certification course that is sponsored by Carolinas Healthcare System. It is a broad syllabus including depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use disorders that teaches laypeople how to recognize symptoms of mental illness and connect people with appropriate professional help. It is a wonderful opportunity to increase education/awareness and decrease stigma about mental health. (Adults only). Go to Mental Health First Aid for more information.
This class is full; if you are interested in becoming certified, please let email@example.com know and I will put let you know when we have another class ready to go!
Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) class on July 22, 7:00-8:30pm
QPR is a 90-minute training, created by the QPR Institute for Suicide Prevention, to assist with suicide prevention and education. QPR training provides three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR is on the SAMHSA National Registry for Evidence Based Programs and Practices.
Davidson LifeLine is offering a QPR Training on July 22, 2015 at Town Hall, 7:00-8:30pm. High school students and older are encouraged to attend. Register by calling Leslie Willis at Town of Davidson Parks & Rec, 704-892-3349.
Here’s a great article on considerations for therapy as well as types of therapy: Do I Need a Therapist?
In The News
At Cook County Jail, a pilot program is underway to help the 1/3 of their prisoners with mental health illness to get the treatment they need. It’s long but worth the read: America’s Largest Mental Hospital is a Jail
Huffington Post writer, Lindsay Holmes, says that This Mental Health Issue Is More Prevalent Than All Forms Of Cancer Combined—guess what it is….
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