Deepest sympathies are being felt for the victims, families, first responders, Robb Elementary School teachers and school administrators in Uvalde. This is sad beyond words can describe. We ask why and try in vain to make sense of senseless violence.
There are often broad discussions about mental health after a mass shooting. One of the biggest myths we have about mass shootings is the idea that these attacks are entirely due to mental illness and people suddenly ‘snap’ acting impulsively. While mass shooters may be emotionally disturbed, they often behave rationally by implementing highly organized plans. Truth is in almost every mass shooting case the perpetrators had been talking about violence, posting social media about violence, a history of violent threats or acts of violence, and have developed over time detailed plans to commit violent acts.
In most instances people with a psychosis or schizophrenia not undergoing therapy tend toward disorganization and self harm and find it difficult to carry out a daily routine. With therapy individuals can overcome barriers to daily living. Recovery is possible for those with a severe mental illness!
JUNE DIVERSITY AWARENESS
"Second Independence Day"
Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of enslaved people in the United States at the end of the Civil War. The name comes from the blend of two words, "June" and "nineteenth". It originated in Galveston, TX and is believed to be the oldest African-American holiday, dating back to 1866.
To learn more about Juneteenth and how to celebrate, check out the links below:
A note from Amanda Simpson, Director of Nursing MH
Kim and Elishia both work on the MH side in Cleburne. They both are compassionate and caring when seeing our patients. They both are great team players and are always willing to lend a hand. Dee works in the Primary Care Clinic and is always on the go. She is a hard worker and always put the patients first. Macy is the team lead for MH LVN’s and has a true passion for the patients we serve. She is a great role model and helps keep everything operating. Tiffany is in our Stephenville Clinic. She is someone you can count on. She is helpful, kind and caring to our patients. We are glad she is apart of the team. Sarah, Teresa, Huck, and Kristy are our PRN nurses. They all go above and beyond to ensure our clinics are covered. They all are always helping out and such awesome team players. Monica is our ACT nurse. She is very compassionate about this field. She is sincere and thoughtful to every patient she sees.
Our MH nursing has been so short staffed for a long time. Each of these nurses continue to go above and beyond to serve our patients and the agency. They devote all of their unique skills to ensuring even in unprecedented times that our patients and the team is taken care of. I could not ask for a better group of nurses to be apart of this team. I cannot say THANK YOU enough for all your hard work and dedication to this agency and the patients we serve. And most importantly our team.
A note from Diana Thompson, Chief of Behavioral Health Services &
Whitney Herrington, Associate Chief of Behavioral Health Services
Amanda is amazing! She is currently going to school to get her APRN, working full-time, and has 2 busy kids at home. She is always there to answer questions the team has and covers nursing duties at our clinics because we are short staffed. Amanda handles our providers’ schedules and makes sure processes are followed so our consumers get the best care possible. Thank you Amanda for being an incredible person and nurse!
Amanda is an amazing nurse and leader. She is passionate about providing services. She is kind, respectful, and knowledgeable. She is also a team player, and works hard to make sure each clinic runs as smoothly as possible. She is quick to volunteer to help wherever needed.
Thank you Amanda!!
A note from Debbie Rhodes, Director of Nursing IDD
What can I say! IDD has the best nurses ever!! Any one of them could care for me. Pecan Valley Centers is Blessed to have the Best! First there is Ken Lewis a 100% self sufficient, devoted, organized, caring and amazing nurse from Stephenville. You can always count on Ken. Then there is Cindy Harcrow an amazing loving, supportive and sensitive nurse that anyone would want for their nurse, Cindy is from Cleburne and is just amazing herself. Then we have Susan Hasselbacher who is very sincere and compassionate nurse with just an amazing fun loving personality. You can’t wait for Susan to come to work. From Weatherford there is Rebecca Rogers who is an absolute go getter, she gets the job done with absolute compassion. You can count on Rebecca to see to it you have the care you need. IDD is the best when it comes to nurses.
Thank you all for being so amazing!!
A note from Mark Chavez, Chief of IDD Services
Debbie’s dedication to her patients does not go unnoticed. She brings so many so much comfort with her excellent care. She always goes above and beyond to make her patients as well cared for as possible. When a person decides to become a nurse, they make the most important decision of their lives. They choose to dedicate themselves to the care of others. Debbie exemplifies that statement in all ways and even more. Thank you, Debbie for being a dedicated compassionate nurse to all those we serve.
Thank you to everyone who participated in wearing green for Mental Health Awareness Month!
ALEXUS SAMPLE MALONE
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