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Coming Together to Prevent Suicide: National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month. It is a time when communities can share resources and connect with one another to increase knowledge and awareness about suicide with the goal of preventing future suicides and supporting friends and loved ones struggling with mental illness.
Published 9/2/2022 9:24:33 AM

The Challenges of Helping Those with Behavioral Health Issues

“Access to behavioral services in our community is a significant issue,” Door County Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Coordinator, Barb Johnson-Giese, said. An unfortunate reality for medical professionals in the Door County community and beyond is that physicians are increasingly pressured to diagnose and treat mental and behavioral health problems that they are often not adequately trained to diagnose or treat.
Published 6/24/2022 1:20:17 PM

Resources Available to Address Mental Health Concerns Among Older Adults

In 2021, eight people in Door County died by suicide. Six of these (75%) were age 60 or older. In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, Door County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and Senior Life Solutions at Door County Medical Center (DCMC) are joining together to call attention to this critical issue for seniors in our community.
Published 4/29/2022 6:00:00 AM

Coping With Uncertainty: Techniques for Supporting Your Emotional and Physical Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic

During the past year, the coronavirus pandemic, and the parallel economic recession caused by the pandemic, has resulted in a steep increase in mental illness across the country. In fact, the Kaiser Family Foundation reports the average share of American adults reporting symptoms of anxiety disorder and/or depressive disorder has risen from 11% in January 2019 to 41% in January 2021.
Published 2/22/2021 9:05:26 AM

Taking Stock of our Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year it is more important than ever to raise awareness about the ways mental health affects us as a society, and the different mental health issues that may be affecting those individuals that are closest to us.
Published 5/21/2020 8:28:59 AM

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Mental health issues touch the lives of many in our community. May is National Mental Health Awareness month and we asked DCMC Behavioral Health Coordinator Barb Johnson-Giese MSW, LCSW, CSAC, ICS, what resources DCMC provides to those struggling with mental health issues, as well as what we can do to support those who struggle.  
Published 5/21/2019 4:16:04 PM

End The Stigma: A Conversation About Suicide

More than 40,000 people die by suicide every year, leaving friends and family to navigate the pain associated with such tremendous loss. As neighbors, we have the opportunity to raise awareness and to build community around an issue that impacts the lives of so many. Sharing stories and connecting with others is something we can all do: sharing stories can save a life.
Published 9/12/2018 10:29:09 AM

Teen Suicide and the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why

On March 31st of this year, Netflix released its series 13 Reasons Why. The series, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by author Jay Asher, revolves around the suicide of high school student Hannah Baker.

Hannah, subjected to sexual assault, cyberbullying and unresponsive adults, leaves behind a box of thirteen cassette tapes. Each of the tapes contains “an emotional audio diary,” delving into one of the different reasons she ended her life and becoming the basis for an individual episode.

Published 7/24/2017 3:31:37 PM

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