Smart Talk: mental health first aid; Millersville breast cancer awareness
Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | 02.19.14
Smart Talk Wednesday, February 19, 2014:
If a person who suffers from mental illness talks about hurting or even killing themselves, would you know what to do? Could you sit and have a conversation with a mentally ill person and not judge them? Would you encourage them to seek professional help?
Mental health first aid training courses are now available to teach participants how to deal with those situations and others.
We'll learn about two local courses on Wednesday's Smart Talk from Theresa Myers, past president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Cumberland and Perry Counties and Sharon Engdahl, president of The Mental Wellness Awareness Association. For more information on mental wellness awareness and mental health first aid training visit www.mentalwellnessawareness.org or https://www.nami.org/
Also, more than 230 thousand Americans are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. The vast majority are women, although a few thousand men also will be diagnosed.
Some 35 thousand will die of breast cancer.
Much progress has been made in the past two decades to detect and treat breast cancer.
Successful treatment often depends on early detection and that's one of the reasons awareness is so important. Breast cancer awareness is much more prevalent than say two decades ago, but when one considers nearly a quarter million people will be told they have breast cancer, awareness becomes even more significant.
Millersville University is active in breast cancer awareness with several initiatives. Professor Emeritus Dennis Denenberg has been instrumental in bringing awareness to the issue at Millersville. He'll join on Wednesday's program.
From left to right: Sharon Engdahl, President of The Mental Wellness Awareness Association & Theresa Myers, past president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Cumberland and Perry Counties. In front is ALGEE, the mascot for mental health awareness.
Listen to the episode below.