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An Open Letter From NAMI Regarding Sandy Hook Elementary December 2012

December 18th, 2012

Along with the rest of America, NAMI is devastated by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.  Our thoughts are with the community and families.

As you can imagine, NAMI has been speaking with the media. Here are some of our key messages and talking points:

As Americans, we must embrace a sustained effort to ensure solutions to our mental health crisis.

  • This is a horrific tragedy. Along with other Americans, our hearts go out to all the families who have lost loved ones.
  • It’s hard now to think of any good that might come from this situation. However, if there is a silver lining, it could be that it forces us as Americans to face this crisis we have in our country, to confront the stereotypes we embrace, to take steps to learn more about mental illness and what we can do to ensure that people have the care and treatment they need.
  • Violent tragedies should not have to occur before the country realizes that mental health care must be a priority.

We must prioritize the promotion and availability of early intervention, treatment services and supports for individuals and families.

We must intervene earlier and ensure that essential mental health services and treatment are available at the earliest stages. We must demand:

  • Ease of access to mental health professionals;
  •  Earlier and more assessable treatment; and
  •  Access to effective treatments and strategies.

Family education and support must be available to those in need.

  • Families affected by mental illness need our help.
  • Millions of Americans face the day-to-day reality of caring for a family member living with mental illness. It can be overwhelming.
  • The reality is that when families get support—from many directions and programs—outcomes in all areas are improved.
  • Families don’t always know where to go to get help or how to cope.
  • Education and support programs for families affected by mental illness have the power to change lives for the better.

Please let us know if NAMI can provide any resources or information during this difficult time.

 

Thank you,

Chuck

Charles R. Harman

Director, External Relations

NAMI

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chuck@nami.org

2012 Asperger Summer Program

June 5th, 2012

June 2012

The Asperger Summer Program is a unique, intensive outpatient program (in a camp-like setting) designed specifically for elementary, middle and high school students with Asperger Disorder.

The program was designed by parents, care-givers and clinical professionalsto develop and maintain continuity in students’ developmental and behavioral skills throughout the summer.

June Dates:

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Week One: June 11-15, 2012

Week Two: June 18-22, 2012

Week Three: June 25-29, 2012

July Dates:

Week One: July 2-6, 2012 (break on the 4th)

Week Two: July 9-13, 2012

Week Three: July 16-20, 2012

Students my attend one week or any number of consecutive weeks.  Lunch will be provided.

For more information please contact Lauren Maddux, Director of Child and Adolescent Programs at 901-373-0941.

This is an intensive outpatient program and most insurance is accepted, based upon medical necessity.  Self-payment arrangements can be made.

2012 Asperger Summer Program Flyer

Dr. Radwan F. Haykal inducted as Distinguished Fellow of APA

July 1st, 2011

Lakeside Behavioral Health System is pleased to announce that Radwan F. Haykal, M.D, was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association at its 55th Convocation, which took place May 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr. Haykal is the Director of the Bipolar Spectrum Program at Lakeside Behavioral Health System and is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He was recently the co-recipient of the Department of Psychiatry’s Volunteer of the Year Award for designing the Lakeside Mood Disorders Elective, in which he supervises medical students.

Daniel Boyd, MD, Named Medical Director for new Neurosciences Center

July 1st, 2011

Lakeside Behavioral Health System is pleased to announce that one of its attending psychiatrists, Daniel Boyd, M.D., has been named Medical Director for Lakeside’s new Neurosciences Center.

“Dr. Boyd is a respected colleague and will serve our patients well in his expanded roll,” stated Dr. Hal Brunt, Chief of Medical Staff at LBHS.  “His experience with and passion for individuals with treatment-resistant conditions will allow Lakeside to help these patients live more productive lives.”

Dr. Boyd is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency in Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University.  He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

In 2008, he was honored with the “Physician of the Year” by the employees of Lakeside Behavioral Health System.  He is one of only two psychiatrists in the Mid-South area certified for electroconvulsive therapy(ECT), and most recently was certified to perform Transcranial Magnetic Stimulations(TMS), both of which will be included in the new Neuroscience Center.

Lakeside Opens New Neurosciences Center

July 1st, 2011

Lakeside Behavioral Health System is pleased to announce the opening of its new Neurosciences Center for Treatment-Resistant Conditions and the addition of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to the current offering of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

“This expansion will allow us to serve a greater number of patients who are experiencing treatment-resistant conditions and give them hope that a positive, productive life is available,” stated Shelley Nowak, CEO.

For many years, Lakeside has offered ECT for the treatment of severe depression and mania, schizophrenia and catatonia.  The addition of TMS allows Lakeside to reach patients with a non-invasive, non-drug outpatient treatment for major depressive disorder.  These patients typically have received little or no results with their current treatment protocol.

“TMS provides a fast, safe and almost immediate relief to patients who are dealing with major depressive disorder,” said Joy Golden, Chief Operating Officer.  “Patients are treated in an outpatient setting, so no hospital stay is required, and they can return to normal activities following treatment.”

Lakeside has appointed Dr. Dan Boyd as the Medical Director for the Neurosciences Center.  He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine, completed his residency in Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He is one of only two psychiatrists in the Mid-South area certified for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and most recently was certified to perform Transcranial Magnetic Stimulations (TMS), both of which will be included in the new Neuroscience Center.

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