College Hosts Mental Awareness Week Activities
(For additional information, contact Denise McClung, associate professor, (304-424-8230.)
Mental illness is more common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease. To promote education and better understanding of mental health and its impact, West Virginia University at Parkersburg is sponsoring several free programs as part of the national observance of Mental Awareness Week, Oct. 1-7.
On Wednesday, Oct. 4, Carolyn Escandon, a clinical nurse specialist, will speak at noon on "Bipolar and Depression." The program will be held in the college’s multi-purpose room.
She is certified for advance practice in adult, adolescent and child therapy. Her experience includes inpatient and outpatient individual, group and family work. She is especially interested in mind-body issues, depression, anxiety and bipolar and post traumatic stress disorders.
On Thursday, Oct. 5, Dr. Lance McCoy will discuss suicide. The 7 p.m. program will be held in the multi-purpose room. Prior to his presentation, representatives from local health services agencies will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. to provide information regarding mental illnesses and available services.
Dr. McCoy is president and CEO of Worthington Center Inc. and serves as medical director for Worthington’s Geriatric Psychiatry Programs and the Behavioral Health Center’s Geriatric Psychiatry Services at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
The week’s activities are being co-sponsored by WVU Parkersburg’s Social Justice Committee and a Psychology 350 class taught by associate professor Denise McClung. Additional information is available by contacting Mrs. McClung at the college.
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