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MPH: With Rising Suicide Rates, Behavioral Support Important for Mental Health

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-Information courtesy Maria Parham Health

The issue of suicide is a very difficult and concerning topic to address – and, unfortunately, it is on the rise. In fact, a recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows suicide rates increasing by 25 percent over nearly two decades through the end of 2016. Data from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention further underscores the importance and urgency of raising awareness of suicide, as suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. – with nearly 45,000 Americans taking their own lives each year.

Recent suicide deaths of prominent fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrated chef and author Anthony Bourdain have exposed the critical fact that suicide does not discriminate and shined a brighter light on the role that mental illness plays in suicide. Approximately 90 percent of individuals who die from suicide suffer or have suffered from some form of mental illness.

Given this, it is critically important to be proactive about recognizing the warning signs of someone who may be contemplating suicide and identifying friends and loved ones who may be at risk. According to the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI), the most recognizable signs of potential suicide are:

Threats or comments about killing themselves, which can begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like, “I wish I wasn’t here” but become more bold and dangerous.

  • Increased alcohol and drug use;
  • Aggressive behavior;
  • Social withdrawal from friends, loved ones and the community;
  • Dramatic mood swings;
  • Talking, writing or thinking about death; and
  • Impulsive or reckless behavior;
  • A family history of suicide;
  • Substance abuse;
  • Access to firearms;
  • Serious or chronic medical illness;
  • Gender (more women attempt suicide than men, but men are four times more likely to die from their attempt);
  • A history of trauma or abuse;
  • Prolonged stress;
  • Isolation;
  • Age (those younger than 24 years old and older than 65 years old are at higher risk);
  • A recent tragedy or loss;
  • Agitation;
  • Sleep deprivation

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, any other form of mental illness or any of these signs and risk factors, it’s okay to seek help. There are behavioral health providers who can help whenever you need them. And the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255, offers free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Maria Parham Health currently provides a range of geriatric (ages 55+) behavioral health support services, including prevention programs, individual therapy, group therapy, inpatient therapy, emergency/crisis intervention and is staffed by a highly trained team of providers, nurses and support staff.

A new adult behavioral health unit will be opening in 2020 and will serve adults ages 18 and older. To learn more about the services provided, 800.424.DOCS or visit https://www.mariaparhamfranklin.com/services/behavioral-health.

Maria Parham to Hold Second Annual Youth Art Show & Silent Auction

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-Information courtesy Jane Haithcock, Regulatory Compliance & Privacy Officer, Maria Parham Health

Maria Parham Health’s Second Annual Youth Art Show & Silent Auction will be held Thursday, December 5, 2019, from 2 until 8 p.m. The show will be held in Maria Parham’s Main Lobby.

The community is urged to attend and support local youth and the United Way.

All money raised with be donated to the United Way of Vance County.

MPH’s Volunteer Services to Host ‘In the Bag’ Sale

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-Information courtesy Volunteer Services of Maria Parham Health

Volunteer Services of Maria Parham Health will be hosting an “In the Bag” sale – one of the largest selections of wallets, pocketbooks, day bags, luggage and more that you’ll find locally.

In the Bag will be held in the John T. Church classroom Wednesday, November 20, 2019, from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursday, November 21 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

These sales are open to the public.

Living With Joint Pain? Join MPH for a FREE Lunch & Learn Event

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-Information courtesy Maria Parham Health

Living with joint pain? Join Maria Parham Multispecialty Clinic for a FREE lunch and learn event on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse in Louisburg. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Come hear from Dr. Darius A. Divina, orthopedic surgeon, on how to get back into the swing of life with treatment options for joint pain.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • What is osteoarthritis?
  • What causes joint pain?
  • Treatment options
  • Recovery process

Johnny Bull’s Steakhouse is located at 32 Golden Leaf Dr. in Louisburg, NC.

To register, please call (919) 497-8380. To learn more, visit MariaParhamPhysicianPractices.com.

(This is not a paid advertisement)

Town Talk 11/07/19: Demolition Begins on Maria Parham’s New $3.2 Million Cath Lab

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Maria Parham Health CEO Bert Beard and Dr. Sydney Short, cardiologist with Maria Parham Cardiology, were the guests of honor on Thursday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program.

Beard said he was pleased to announce that demolition has begun on the area that will serve as the hospital’s new catheterization (cath) lab. With a price tag of $3.2 million, the new lab will occupy currently unused space in the building and will be located off of the emergency room, directly adjacent to the helipad.

Work on the lab is expected to be completed in June or July 2020 with a grand opening to follow.

Short, who joined Maria Parham in January, said the current cath lab has grown exponentially as far as services provided in the past year.

“I’m very excited to be a part of the program here now,” Short said. “We are raising the level of care quite a bit. The cath lab has been here a few years, and in May 2019 we started doing PCIs.”

A PCI, or Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, is a non-surgical procedure that uses a catheter to place a stent in the heart in order to open up blood vessels that have been narrowed by plaque buildup. Complications of plaque buildup include chest pain, heart arrhythmias and heart failure.

Previously, MPH patients would have been referred to another hospital for such a procedure. “Now, patients that come in with chest pain can have a heart catheterization study done here and have a stent placed safely here,” said Short.

In addition to PCIs, Maria Parham Cardiology has increased its offering of other services including stress tests, echocardiograms, heart monitoring – including longer-term loop monitoring – and pacemaker implantation.

“The level of services has increased significantly, so we are able to do a lot of things to treat patients here who in the past would have been transferred,” Short explained.

Beard said continued expansion of both the quality and the quantity of health services offered in the local, rural community is the commitment of Maria Parham and Duke LifePoint Healthcare.

According to Beard, another example of this commitment will be realized at the end of January 2020 when Duke will station a life flight helicopter and crew at MPH 24/7. Two additional ambulances will also be stationed as part of the hospital’s designation as a strategic transport center.

“We are 100% committed to offering services that we know we can confidently provide to the patients at a high-quality level,” said Beard. “The additional services being offered should tell the community that you have access to quality care right here.”

To hear the interview with Beard and Short in its entirety, please click the play button below. Listen live to WIZS’ Town Talk Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on 1450AM, 100.1 FM or online at www.wizs.com.

MPH Volunteer Services to Hold Dynamic Shopping Event Oct. 30 & 31

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-Information courtesy Lisa Radford, MPH

Dynamic Shopping, a lifestyle show event, will be held at Maria Parham Health in the JT Church classroom in Henderson on Wednesday, October 30 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursday, October 31 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A variety of items can be found, from small electronics, cookware, luggage and so much more. Open to the public.

Proceeds benefit Volunteer Services of Maria Parham Health.

Reminder: Maria Parham to Offer Free Clinical Breast Exams – Oct. 24

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-Information courtesy Maria Parham Health

To celebrate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, FREE clinical breast exams will be offered at Maria Parham Health on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 5 until 7 p.m.

Join Maria Parham for:

  • Free clinical breast exams
  • Breast cancer resources
  • Follow up resources
  • Prevention education
  • Wellness information

For more information, please call (252) 436-1605 or visit mariaparham.com

Early detection saves lives!

Maria Parham to Host Free Breast Cancer Awareness Lunch & Learn Event

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-Information courtesy Maria Parham Health

To celebrate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maria Parham will host a free lunch and learn event on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. This event will be offered at Maria Parham Multispecialty Clinic located at 1501 N. Bickett Blvd., Suite E, Louisburg, NC.

Topics will cover:
• Breast cancer resources
• Follow up resources if needed
• Prevention education
• Wellness information

For more information, call 252.436.1605

Maria Parham to Offer Free Clinical Breast Exams

100.1 FM / 1450 AM WIZS; Local News broadcasts M-F 8am, 12pm, 5pm

-Information courtesy Maria Parham Health

To celebrate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, FREE clinical breast exams will be offered at Maria Parham Health on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 5 until 7 p.m.

Join Maria Parham for:

  • Free clinical breast exams
  • Breast cancer resources
  • Follow up resources
  • Prevention education
  • Wellness information

For more information, please call (252) 436-1605 or visit mariaparham.com

Maria Parham Health’s Volunteer Services Announces Sept. Sale

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-Information courtesy Maria Parham Health’s Volunteer Services

Dillard’s Department Store will be bringing their Pop-Up Boutique to Maria Parham Health on Wednesday, September 18 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursday, September 19 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. in MPH’s John T. Church classroom in Henderson.

Clinique, Michael Kors, Dior, Ugg, Dansko, Estee Lauder and more will be available for purchase. Shop the selection of household items, watches, clothes, makeup, cologne, shoes and many other items for men and women of all ages.

Come check out MPH’s first-ever Dillard’s sale!

(This is not a paid advertisement)