Thanks to so many for making our 3rd Annual Gathering on the Green such a success! Following a dramatic entrance by the Lake Norman Charter School Drum Line & Pep band to open the program, Mayor John Woods talked about how and why Davidson LifeLine came to be. Tom Gettelman, VP for CHS Behavioral Health-Davidson, talked about the importance of treating mental health like other chronic diseases and recognizing them as such. Kris Batchelor, Founder and Owner of Triple Play Farm, introduced Savannah Erwin, a young adult who talked about her experience in using equine therapy. Joe Swafford, a Peer Support Specialist with Carolinas Healthcare Behavioral Health Hospital-Davidson, described his role as a patient advocate, weaving in his own story around mental health. Boris Rogers finished the program through Spoken Word. Here is his inspiring poem, The Beautiful Finish:
Thanks also to all of vendors who joined us: Teen Health Connection, Carolinas Healthcare System (thanks for the cookies and water too!), The Counseling Center at DUMC, Triple Play Farm, The Foundation for Respect Ability.Safe Alliance, and the Living After Suicide Support Group.
Veterans Day is November 11. Take a look at how one veteran talks about his struggle and recovery in his journey toward better mental health. Remember to pay your respects to veterans on November 11. Check out Standing By Our Veterans
Community Conversation: Be4Me: A Parent Guide to the Teen World of Social Media
Davidson LifeLine invites you to “Be4Me: A Parent Guide to the Teen World of Social Media” on Tuesday, November 4, 7:00-8:30 pm, at the Davidson United Methodist Chapel (304 South Main Street in Davidson).
Join local experts as they walk us through the Top 10 Principles of Social Media, Digital Citizenship, and Effective Boundaries. Officer Phil Geiger, a Town of Davidson Police Officer with a special interest in cyberbullying, Diane Benson, Executive Director of Foundation for Respect Ability and Shannon White, mental health professional from the Davidson United Methodist Church Counseling Center, will offer short presentations followed by lots of time for questions.
Topics such as social media platforms, definitions of bullying and cyberbullying and discerning bullying from cruelty, four steps to creating and holding boundaries with children, and samples of digital familyagreements will be covered. A 30 page guide, “Be4Me: A Parent’s Guide to Social Media, Digital Citizenship, and Effective Boundaries” will be available to participants.
Please join us for this important conversation. In our stakeholder focus groups, we heard loudly and clearly that parents in the community want information and guidance when it comes to helping their children navigate the virtual world they have little understanding of but know is crucial in effective parenting. The information offered in Be4Me is a great starting point, informationally and then conversationally, with our kids.
Riding My Way Back: A Story About a Veteran, a Horse, and Hope
Join Triple Play Farm for a screening of the award winning movie: Riding My Way Back: A Story About a Veteran, a Horse, and Hope, in honor of Veteran’s Day. Veteran and Silver Star recipient Tommy Rieman and author of, “The Role of Equine Therapy in the Mental Health Treatment of Veterans is the featured speaker. This event is November 13, 7:00-8:30 at Our Town Cinemas in Davidson. For more information or to reserve a seat, e-mail: email@example.com
Take a minute and see how this 14-year old girl reduced cyberbullying by more than 90% through Rethink
Mentalhealth.gov offers great perspective in Why You Should Care about Mental Health
Davidson LifeLine Offers QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) and MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) Training
Thanks to the Town of Davidson and Mental Health Association for its support in QPR and to Carolinas Healthcare for its support in MHFA, both of these programs are being offered at no cost to the community.
QPR is a 90-minute training, created by the QPR Institute for Suicide Prevention, to assist with suicide prevention education for teenagers and older.
QPR training provides three simple steps that 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.
Sign up! QPR the third Monday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m and is free of charge. For more information and to register, please click here and look for “QPR” in the program section, or contact Leslie Willis at 704-940-9609 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
MHFA is an interactive 8-hour program, designed to introduce participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, build understanding of the impact and introduce an action plan to provide help and resources.
Participants will learn:
- The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury
- An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities
- A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care
- The evidence-based professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.
Sign up! MHFA will be offered two Saturdays at Town Hall in Davidson: November 8 and November 22, 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Participants must attend both sessions for certification. All materials are provided at no cost to participants. Sign up at Davidson Parks & Rec
704-444-2400 Carolinas HealthCare System 24-Hour Help Line
The help line, staffed by masters-level mental health professionals and registered nurses, offers crisis intervention 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The staff can also provide assessments for psychiatric and substance use disorder treatment, make referrals to behavioral health specialists and offer information on community behavioral health resources. Whether you’re a family member or struggling yourself, there is someone to help just a phone call away.