The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 31, 2013

Group donates to Mercy unit

The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Representatives with Speak Out Against Suicide recently presented money to Mercy Medical Center’s Behavioral Medicine Unit. The funds were raised by the group’s annual events such as Suicide Prevention Walk and the Suicide Awareness Gala.

The Behavioral Medicine Unit will utilize the donation to assist with patient and unit needs.

“We are blessed to have the Speak Out Against Suicide group in our community to help with awareness” Colleen Meggers, director of the Behavioral Medicine Unit, said. “We cannot thank them enough for the common passion and energy this group displays.”

Speak Out Against Suicide is a group of volunteers and individuals who have experienced losing someone to suicide. The goals and mission of the organization are to eliminate the stigma of suicide and depression, increase awareness and create an environment so community members know they are not alone. Each year Speak Out Against Suicide hosts events and activities to raise money to provide access to information and resources, advocate for programs that enhance public awareness, and be direct support for those who are lonely, depressed, suicidal, or grieving the loss of someone by suicide.

Mercy’s Behavioral Medicine Unit serves individuals 18 years and older, who are suffering from mental illness, by providing therapeutic care based on each individual’s needs. The staff works together to provide a program that emphasizes dignity and respect for each individual, while helping to reintegrate patients into family and community life as quickly as possible.