Hamilton Health Network hosts free mental health event to help 'stomp out stigma'

FLINT, Michigan — Depression, stress and anxiety can often lead to an unhealthy or perhaps deadly outcome. Although heavy topics, many of us, or those close to us, face these struggles every day. This week, Hamilton Community Health Network (HCHN) is hosting a free behavioral health event to provide resources to those who are struggling with suicide, addiction, and stress. The goal is to raise more awareness and reduce the stigmas. 

The 'Stomp out Stigma' event takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the main conference room of the Hamilton North Pointe clinic (5710 Clio Road) in Flint. 

Hamilton Community Health Network marketing and communications specialist Allie-Sue McKenzie says the event’s goal is to provide resources for those struggling, in the hopes that people will feel comfortable asking for help.

“Hamilton's mission is to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and suicide in order for more people to reach out for help,” said McKenzie. “It’s also the time to learn more about mental health and the science behind it. For instance, how stress can lead to depression and even suicidal thoughts. The effect our diet or nutrition has on our moods. Get tips on what you can do if a substance use problem or addiction is present in your life. The event will focus on education but will also open the floor to the audience in order for them to share their experiences and relate to one another.”

Promotional flier for event.Albert Ujkaj, LMSW, MBA, works as the Behavioral Director at Hamilton Community Health Network. He oversees the Behavioral Health Clinic, which provides clinical therapy, one-on-one therapy, group counseling, marriage counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. 

Ujkaj is one of three speakers from Hamilton’s Behavioral Health team that will be at the event. The others include Susan Carsten, LMSW, and Lynda Maxfield, PhD, FNP-BC, NP-BC. He will be discussing the topic of suicide, what causes those types of thoughts, how to help someone experiencing these thoughts, how treatment can help, and more. 

Other topics will feature discussion on stress, and how overwhelming amounts can lead to suicidal thoughts and addictions. Stress management help and tips will also be provided. Substance abuse will also be addressed, identifying the science behind it, how it impacts people, types of addiction, treatment plans and more. 

“We will have many other resources there such as Medicaid Redetermination help from Meridian who will also be raffling off gift cards to the attendees,” said McKenzie. “Attendees will also be able to partake in a free meal, informational pieces to take home, a journal, resources and more.”

Individuals who are overwhelmed, stressed, depressed or struggling with suicidal thoughts, addiction, or know a loved one who is struggling are encouraged to attend this free event. Seating is limited to 25 people. RSVP to Allie McKenzie at [email protected] or 810.406.4246 ext. 4959.
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