RUTLAND and BRATTLEBORO, VT - Children experiencing an acute mental health crisis will have faster access to initial treatment thanks to a pilot project pairing emergency room doctors at Rutland Regional Medical Center with psychiatric specialists at the Brattleboro Retreat. Called the Vermont Emergency Telepsychiatry Network, the project is funded and managed by The Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care and is expected to be fully operational early next year.
For most of us, the chill of fall and the yellows, reds, and oranges of autumn foliage signal the upcoming holidays and the feelings of joy that coincide with family, friends, and traditions. It is a time to reflect, give thanks, and gather with loved ones. But for some, instead of those comforting feelings, there is a sense of despair, hopelessness, sadness, and even depression. These negative feelings can be reversed and don’t necessarily signal a slide into depression and a need for mental health services.
Hey, how are you? How you doing? What’s going on? We hear these conversational phrases all the time. And we say them to each other. Sometimes we’re asking the question. More often we are just extending a greeting. We might even be surprised if somebody genuinely tells us the answer.
About a week after my oldest son was born and in the grips of a disorientating new landscape called parenthood, I remember calling my mother in tears demanding- “Why didn’t you tell me this was so hard!” I felt equal parts anger, betrayal, sadness and exhaustion. I was utterly confused- why was this happening to me and where were these feelings coming from? I wanted answers and yet I felt too scared to ask for help; too ashamed to admit openly that this was happening to me.
In July, the government rolled out a new crisis and suicide hotline number, a simple three-digit number that can be called or texted from any phone: “988”. This is one of many strategies to help address the growing prevalence of suicide in this country.
Problematic alcohol use in older adults is something of a hidden issue. We often think of substance use problems as an issue that starts in adolescence or young adulthood, but this doesn’t apply to everyone. In fact, alcohol use in those over 60 has been increasing for the past two decades, and even more so among women.
The Brattleboro Retreat is delighted to announce that Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry has selected an esteemed member of our inpatient psychiatry medical staff, Dr. Jarred Zucker, as this year’s recipient of the Faculty Teacher of the Year Award.