Recent Posts by Amy Umble

Keep Your Cool

The mercury isn't the only thing rising as a heat wave grips our area. When the air sizzles, tempers flare, depression smolders, and suicide risks spike. Studies have linked sudden increases in temperature to rising numbers of emergency department visits for behavioral health concerns and to a jump in suicides. Furthermore, studies have found a…
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Beach Trip

At 60, Jeffrey had never been to a beach. He grew up in a training center for individuals with significant disability, where "vacations" were just visits to other parts of the campus. A few years ago, Jeffrey came to live in one of our intermediate care facilities. These are like group homes, but for individuals…
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Tobacco 21

Have you heard the news? Virginia will become a Tobacco 21 state effective July 1, 2019. This means the legal age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products will change from 18 to 21. (One exception is active duty military who are 18 years of age or older will still be able to purchase.) This means…
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Art of Recovery

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our annual exhibit of art by individuals with mental illness. And a giant round of applause to Gabriel and Scarlett Pons of PONSHOP Studio and Gallery! They provide so much more than a place to hang our work--they also give us unconditional support, break stigmas, and go…
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