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May 05, 2005 - Stedman Graham Talks Teens and Mental Health

What: 4th Annual Mental Health Awareness Benefit Luncheon

Where: Inverness Hotel

When: May 5, 2005

Time: 11:30 am

Ticket Prices: $75 - $2000

Beneficiary: Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network

Mistress of Ceremonies: Jo Myers, KOSI

Music: Peneplain Jazz Trio

Sponsors: VIP Sponsors:Citywide Banks, Pfizer Priority Sponsors:Behavioral Health Care Inc., Christian Living Campus, Palace ConstructionPrestige:Arapahoe County, Aurora Mental Health Center, Crossroad's Turning Points, Inc., National Alliance for the Mentally ILL, Nik Golosow, MC, Intermountain Rural Electric Assoc., Kaiser Permanente, Scott R. Thoemke,Signal Behavioral Health NetworkSignatureSusan Black, MD, Littleton Adventist, Peggy Gordon/M. Michael Cooke, Steve Kennedy/Jay Ringhofer, The Pendulum Foundation/Richard Spiegle, PhD, Gail Pleon, Tiffany Radel

Attendance: 300

Information: www.admhn.org ;

Executive Producer(s): Scott R. Thoemke, M.Ed., CAC III

Board of Directors: M. Michael Cooke, President, Steven Kennedy, Vice President, Jay Ringhofer, Secretary/Treasurer, Attila Denes, Thomas Flanagan, Jean Flynn, Margaret Gordon, Rochard Horrocks, Robert Lauderdale, John Phillips, Gail Ploen, Jose Reyes, Dr. Richard Speigle, Paul Staley, Melanie Worley, Bernie Zimmer


 VIP Guests were lucky enough to get an autograph and picture from Stedman Graham
VIP Guests were lucky enough to get an autograph and picture from Stedman Graham

300 people turned out to hear how the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network is working to help those with mental health problems. The funds raised from the event are going to help support a new program to work with high risk teenagers. For years, mental health discussions have been hushed and have often taken a back seat to physical diseases which are more readily recognized. With advances in science and more openness this has changed. Luckily so for those that suffer from a mental health problem. What are some typical mental health problems? They can include, Social Phobia Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Depression. Symptoms can be either mild or severe. And like most maladies, it is not just the affected individual that suffers - the friends and family are affected as well. It helps to shine a spotlight from time to time, and Stedman Graham came from Chicago to shine his light and talk about these problems. Mr. Graham is chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm specializing in the education and corporate markets. Some in the audience were surprised to learn that Mr. Graham had authored a number of books, including New York Times bestsellers, You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success and Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success. He has also written You Can Make It Happen Every Day, and Build Your Own Life Brand. Mr. Graham also serves on thw national board of Junior Achievement and the 7-Eleven Education is Freedom Foundation. While Mr. Graham may have shone the spotlight, Scott Thoemke and the great folks at the Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Center soldier on, regardless of the light. Mr. Thoemke, the Chief Executive Office and Executive Director of the Network gave a review of the many exciting things happening at ADMHN. The organization is celebrating its 50th year! And as their gift to the community they are in the throes of launching a new mentoring program for children and adolescents living with mental illness. The mentoring aspect is of tremendous importance in the overall recovery for affected children. In July, the organization will also start to offer mental health services in primary care settings. The existing Crisis Intervention Team continues to provide mental health consultation and assessment services to individuals engaged by law enforcement. In addition, the Douglas County based programs and services are being considered for expansion to meet the demand engendered by population growth. You too can play a role in this important new mentoring program. Just call Carolyn Moershel at 303.347.6427. Congratulations on 50 years of those who have often been overlooked.

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