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Marsha Blackburn Advocates for More Accessible Mental Health Care for Active Duty Service Members, Families

 

U.S. SenateNashville, TN – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) marked the start of National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month by urging Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to address barriers to mental health care for active duty service members and their families.

“There is a human cost to service that is not always evident by losses on the battlefield,” said Senator Blackburn. “Our nation has an obligation to deliver the best possible mental health support to our service members during their service – before they are discharged to communities or stand at the end of the long line of veterans who restart their quest for care from the Department of Veterans Affairs… The DoD must take ownership to improve mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing for the future of the military enterprise.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Centerstone Offers COVID-19 Relief through Tennessee Recovery Project

 

Nashville, TN – Centerstone, a national leader in behavioral health care based in Nashville, is partnering with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) to provide COVID-19 Coronavirus relief in 21 counties across the state.

Known as the Tennessee Recovery Project and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the effort allows Centerstone to offer resource connection and short-term supportive counseling to those whose mental health has been impacted by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

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New Phone Line to Support Tennessee Healthcare Workers on Front Lines of COVID-19 Pandemic Response

 

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse ServicesNashville, TN – Tennessee’s healthcare workers and first responders who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic response have a new resource to reach out to about feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness, or depression related to work.  The COVID-19 Emotional Support Line for healthcare workers is available to call at 888.642.7886.

Tennessee-based emotional support line staffed by volunteer mental health professionals.

Tennessee-based emotional support line staffed by volunteer mental health professionals.

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New Focus on Mental Health as We Navigate COVID-19 Recovery

 

Marie Williams, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse ServicesNashville, TN – As the calendar turns to May, our awareness month for mental health arrives with new emphasis.  It is true that we all have mental health, and as our normal has been upended over the last two months, we all have become keenly aware of that. 

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

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Dodging the Roadkill: Passing Of A Rock and Roll Biker

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – One of the greatest rock-n-roll musicians in the history of music, died last Tuesday.  The news was released this past Saturday.  Neil Peart, lyricist and drummer for the band Rush, lost his battle with brain cancer.

Diagnosed in 2016, the intensely private musician kept his illness to his immediate family and friends.  Until the news this past Saturday of his death, I had NO idea he was fighting this battle.

Neil Peart was also a biker.

If you’re a fan of Rush, then you probably know how much Peart loved his motorcycles, and loved the freedom and anonymity that they provide.  It was out of tragedy that Peart turned to his bike and continued his passion for them until his death.

Neil Peart

Neil Peart

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Dodging the Roadkill: ‘Tis the Season

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – It’s early in the morning as I sip fresh coffee and reflect on the past several weeks of my life.  The pain and discomfort.  The constant replay of my accident.  The “what ifs” and “what could’ve, should’ve happened.”

That’s how the brain works.  That’s just human nature.  “Wow, I could have died, maybe I should quit riding, that was close!”

From the moment we were born, we’ve been told “NO” or “Don’t do that.”  We’re taught that we can’t and not “yes you can.” I’m guessing the older we get the more we realize that life comes at you fast and you just have to take it as it comes and enjoy it to the fullest.  If that means I’m a biker, understanding the risks and willing to conclude that this is how I might go out, then so be it.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Beating the Blues

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – If you’ve been following my blog from the beginning, you know the story of how I came to be a biker.  A friend of mine asked me to pick him up from the local Harley dealership for lunch, and when they wheeled his motorcycle out of the service department, I asked, “you have a motorcycle?” 

He said, “everybody you know has a motorcycle!”

I was suffering from depression at the time.

My life changed when I bought a motorcycle.  This was radical.  This was extreme.  The risks were real.  It was life changing.  With over 150,000 miles in less than four years, I wouldn’t change a thing.

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American Heart Association reports Young Adults with PTSD may have a Higher Risk of Stroke in Middle Age

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to new research published in Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, Young adults who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be more likely to experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or major stroke event by middle age, raising the risk as much as other better-known risk factors.

This nationwide study of more than 1.1 million adults showed that PTSD may be a potent risk factor for developing stroke at a young age. (American Heart Association)

This nationwide study of more than 1.1 million adults showed that PTSD may be a potent risk factor for developing stroke at a young age. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Veterans with Mental Health Conditions have Higher Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – According to new research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal, veterans with specific mental health disorders – depression, psychosis and bipolar disorder – had an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death from cardiovascular disease.

Veterans with more severe forms of mental health disorders, especially psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, had the highest cardiovascular risk.

Veterans with more severe forms of mental health disorders, especially psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, had the highest cardiovascular risk.

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American Heart Association says New research suggests Gut Bacteria may be linked to High Blood Pressure, Depression

 

American Heart AssociationNew Orleans, LA – A study of bacteria in the gut identified differences between people with high blood pressure compared to those with high blood pressure plus depression, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions. 

“People are ‘meta-organisms’ made up of roughly equal numbers of human cells and bacteria. Gut bacteria ecology interacts with our bodily physiology and brains, which may steer some people towards developing high blood pressure and depression,” said Bruce R. Stevens, Ph.D., lead author of the study and professor of physiology & functional genomics, medicine and psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.

This infographic illustrates the connection between the brain, central nervous system and other organs and how they interact with a person's gut microbes to show different patterns - from people with high blood pressure plus depression; high blood pressure without depression; depression with healthy blood pressure; or healthy subjects without depression or high blood pressure. (Bruce R. Stevens, Ph.D.)

This infographic illustrates the connection between the brain, central nervous system and other organs and how they interact with a person’s gut microbes to show different patterns – from people with high blood pressure plus depression; high blood pressure without depression; depression with healthy blood pressure; or healthy subjects without depression or high blood pressure. (Bruce R. Stevens, Ph.D.)

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