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Mental Health Highlights: Making a Difference

Sammy Rich on Mar 6, 2019 1:10:52 PM

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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), about one in five veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) or depression. Additionally, around 20 veterans lose their life to suicide each day.

Veterans are more likely to be affected by mental disorders because of their proximity to tragedy. For many, it can be difficult for them to reach out for the help that they need.

That is why mental health professionals like Darshan Soske have dedicated their careers to helping veterans. For Soske, the director of the Vet Center in Pocatello, providing veterans and their families the help they need is more than just a career, it is a mission.

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The Importance of Mental Health Awareness

Sammy Rich on Feb 4, 2019 11:02:59 AM

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For any healthcare professional, a strong understanding of mental health is just as important as any other facet of healthcare. As a doctor of Nursing Practice, a clinical nurse specialist, and a psychiatric-mental health care nurse practitioner, Dr. Vernon R. Kubiak knows this well.

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Mental Health Highlights: Becoming Miracles

Sammy Rich on Jan 14, 2019 12:25:15 PM

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Terry Fredrickson believes that a miracle is something that can’t be explained. As a licensed counselor and as the owner of Pacific Rim counseling, he has seen them happen before his very eyes. He’s watched people grow into miracles.

“I can’t explain how they came to me believing there was nothing worthy in their life, that they had no reason to live, that life had become so unmanageable that they didn’t care anymore,” he said. “To see them become someone who says ‘I have a meaning, I have a will to live, and I have a purpose on this earth.’ That’s a miracle to me, that’s rewarding. To me, that makes it worth it.”

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Recovery and Recuperation: Life After A TBI

Sammy Rich on Oct 15, 2018 12:30:19 PM

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February 10th, 1993 was uncharacteristically sunny for the middle of winter in Idaho.

After supervising one of her student teachers, Beverly Klug was waiting at the intersection of a two-way and one-way street. As the light went green, she pulled forward and out of her peripheral, caught sight of a car speeding forward down the hill.

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