Dr. Michael Hedgecock, Program Manager, AnMed Health Behavioral Health Center

    Guest Speaker, Dr. Michael Hedgecock, AnMed Health

    Please watch the recording of the meeting to hear all of Dr. Hedgecock’s comments, and read his article in the TATT newsletter here.

    Tips for maintaining mental health:

    Drink plenty of water, eat well, and get enough sleep.

    Don’t let yourself get to H.A.L.T.; hungry, angry, lonely, or tired.

    Give yourself breaks. Step away from the desk, take a walk outside, listen to music, read a book, talk to a friend, connect with colleagues.

    Communicate Constructively; compliments can be very powerful, problem solving feels good. Approach your boss with creative solutions more than with complaints. Connect with family and loved ones and tell them how they can help. Respect others’ differences and how they handle stress; some need to talk, some need quiet time.

    Stay updated and rely on trusted resources and be mindful of time spent watching upsetting images on TV or computer.

    Check in with yourself, watching for sings of depression, and reach out to peers, use EAP programs.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800-273-8255

    Focus on what you can control and change.

    Have open communications to build trust, reduce fears, and sustain the workforce.

    Create opportunities to collaborate to increase innovation and connections.

    Take time for yourself! Consider a mental health day.

    Warning signs to watch for in loved ones and staff: irritability, isolation, not interested in job/grades, self-care.

    County Updates

    Laurens County – Dr. Asa Briggs, Program Director of Rural Psychiatric Services at Prisma

    Goal: integrate psychiatry into primary healthcare

    Prisma is expanding services to rural clinics for adults, children, young adults

    Open four days a week in Oconee and Laurens – Connect Center Referral for both adolescent and adult services, 864-455-8988

    Laurens County Healthy Initiative: healthy communities and looking at patients holistically; including mental health, starting conversations about mental health care (in a non-threatening way) in these areas, including telehealth options

    Pickens County – Jessica Varney, Executive Assistant to County Adminstrator:

    We have been selected as one of 10 sites in the country to participate in a project called Crisis Intersect Mapping. The team includes local, regional and state level people (military and civilians). It is a coordinated approach to offering more services to communities. Military and veteran populations are often overlooked and are at risk of suicide. September 2020 was Veteran suicide prevention month. The project is moving ahead and members are looking forward to spreading the word.

    TATT Updates

    Welcome to our new intern, Gracie Sandidge!

    Greenville Chamber’s high school intern program – https://www.greenvillechamber.org/launchgvl

    Check out our upcoming events at https://www.tenatthetop.org/events/

    Join us for the next TATT CHAT: April 1 at 3pm: Health Care Update with Guest Speaker Dr. Sara Saccocio, Prisma Health. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYofuuhqz8iHdUWk6BBTjyls0ucfffJBe1l