September 2016 - Monthly News & Tips
IN THIS ISSUE
"In my specific experience, The Emily Program has been life-saving. Actually, more so, it was life 'giving' in that through my 5 months of working with The Emily Program, I've had glimpses into what life COULD be like. They are helping me learn to 'live' my life. At age 42, I'm finally able to admit to myself that yes, this is long overdue, and yes, I do actually deserve it :)." -An Emily Program client
Help millions of families gain better access to care for eating disorders and other types of mental illness.
Encourage the Senate to bring S2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, to the floor for a passing vote this September.
Why is the eating disorder community so passionate about this bill? Because it contains language from the Anna Westin Act about increasing training for early detection of eating disorders for health and school professionals as well as clarifying mental health parity language, which would increase the likelihood that someone will be able to get care in the early stages of an eating disorder.
The bill, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House, would also increase the number of mental health care workers, combat suicide in schools and communities, and strengthen investments in early intervention.
Your voice matters. Act NOW to help us push this bill over the finish line before the 114th Congress adjourns at the end of the year. The Eating Disorders Coalition has made it quick and easy to email or call your Senators.
Contact the offices of ALL Senators, especially Senate Majority leadership and Senators in re-election campaigns. If any of these are your Senator, they are key to the bill getting voted on in September: Senators McConnell (Kentucky), Alexander (Tennessee), Ayotte (New Hampshire), Toomey (Pennsylvania), Kirk (Illinois), Johnson (Wisconsin), Burr (North Carolina), Rubio (Florida), Murkowski (Alaska), and Portman (Ohio). Also critical is Senator Minority leadership—Reid (Nevada), Schumer (New York), Franken (Minnesota), Klobuchar (Minnesota), Stabenow (Michigan), and Warren (Virginia).
If you participated in Virtual Action Day on August 30th, thank you. If you missed it, there’s still time. Make your voice heard and help countless Americans struggling with mental health issues, including eating disorders. You can make a difference!
Amy Holan, Clinical Relations Specialist, Pacific Northwest Region
Amy Holan joined The Emily Program in August as a Clinical Relations Specialist (CRS), a role that focuses on communicating the importance of The Emily Program as a trusted resource for eating disorder treatment and building collaborative relationships with healthcare providers.
Before going back to school to become a therapist, Amy worked in business development and loved it. However, she knew she wanted to finish her Master’s in Psychology. After earning her degree, she worked in a variety of behavioral health settings and in private practice, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. However, she was not experiencing the same level of professional fulfillment as when she worked in business development. Then, one day when she referring a client to The Emily Program, she thought “I wonder if they’re hiring.” She saw the CRS job description and felt like it had been written for her.
Learn more about Amy and why we think she stands out!
TEP: What does your day-to-day look like at The Emily Program?
Amy: No two days are the same, which is part of what I love about my role! One day I'll be hosting a lunch-and-learn for a group of doctors, another I'll be meeting with therapists around the Puget Sound, and on another day I'll be out in the community promoting a continuing education event we are hosting.
TEP: What are some common misconceptions people have about eating disorders?
Amy: That eating disorders only impact a certain population—generally white teenage girls. It is startling when you encounter a doctor or nurse who holds this view! But as we know, eating disorders do not discriminate. Many eating disorders occur in boys and men, and eating disorders are found across all ages, sexual orientations, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Part of my role in the community is to continue to dispel this myth, and ensure that the medical community are asking the right questions and not missing someone who is struggling because of this common misperception.
TEP: Do you have any pets?
Amy: I have a four-pound rescue dog named Tiny Tillie. Tillie is a Yorkie, and she truly believes she is a human. She loves to snack on carrots and bananas, and loves to be included in any adventures we take. To ensure that she wins the hearts of those around her, she will snuggle up to you and show you her winning smile.
In St. Paul, MN:
Tuesday, October 11: Begins at 6:30 p.m. at 2265 Como Avenue • St. Paul, MN 55108
In Cleveland, OH:
Thursday, October 13: Begins at 6:00 p.m. at 25550 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 200 • Beachwood, OH 44122
In Spokane, WA:
Wednesday, Nov. 9: Begins at 6:30 p.m. at 2020 East 29th Avenue, Suite 200 • Spokane, WA 99203
In South Sound, WA:
Thursday, Dec 8: Begins at 6:30 p.m. at 673 Woodland Square Loop SE, Suite 330 • Lacey, WA 98503
The Emily Program is pleased to announce that admissions specialists will now be available 7 days a week to help our clients through the first steps of the treatment process.
An estimated 1 in 5 American adults struggle with mental health issues. It might be a friend, family member, or someone coping alongside you. Let them know you care. Write a message of support (don't forget to include the hashtags #EmilySupport #EmilyProgram) snap a pic, and share it on social media. Then check to see if your submission is featured on our blog this fall! Thank you for sharing your support with the world.
Interested in free CEUs and other continuing education opportunties? Check out all of our upcoming events here.
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