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.
Charles R. Harman
Director, External Relations
3803 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
June 5th, 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.
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
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.
November 15th, 2011
The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI), a youth suicide prevention and awareness organization, is proud to announce the opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the newest JFI affiliate office at Lakeside Behavioral Health System in Memphis, Tenn. that took place on November 4th.
Since 1967, Lakeside Behavioral Health System has been the premier provider of specialized behavioral health services in the Memphis and Mid-South region. The 305-bed facility is located on a safe and private 37-acre campus in northeast Shelby County and provides comprehensive treatment for children, adolescents, young adults and seniors. Lakeside’s specialized treatment programs include treatment for addiction, anxiety, trauma resolution, bipolar disorder, suicide intervention and geriatric issues. Programs are available in inpatient hospitalization, residential treatment, partial hospitalization and day and evening intensive outpatient settings.
Lakeside’s CEO, Shelley Nowak, said, “Lakeside is very excited about our clinical affiliation with JFI. Through our combined efforts, we will be well positioned to take the message about youth suicide to our Memphis and Shelby County community. Working together and with our community, we can help eradicate this epidemic.”
Clark Flatt, President and CEO of JFI said, “I am honored and excited to have opened our affiliate office at Lakeside Behavioral Health. JFI will work collaboratively with the many outstanding organizations in Tennessee that are already addressing this problem.”
About the Jason Foundation:
JFI is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting “The Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational programs for young people, educators, parents, and other community groups. JFI, headquartered in Hendersonville, Tenn., was founded in 1997 after the tragic death of Jason Flatt, the 16-year-old son of Clark Flatt. Currently, there are over 85 JFI affiliate offices across the country.
For more information, please visit JFI’s website, http://www.jasonfoundation.com
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.
July 1st, 2011
“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.