Smackover Metropolis Park performed host to a well being honest and blood drive on Friday. Attendees have been in a position to take pleasure in a summer season day full with music and meals whereas studying about psychological and bodily well being from the healthcare group reps and audio system in attendance.
Smackover Youth Basis sponsored the honest in partnership with town.
Representatives from Medical Heart of South Arkansas have been readily available with two cubicles, providing blood stress checks for attendees and stroke consciousness data. South Arkansas Regional Well being Heart additionally had a sales space readily available with psychological well being consciousness data and a LifeShare cellular unit was on scene all through the afternoon taking blood donations simply exterior Smackover Metropolis Corridor.
The keynote speaker for the occasion was Chevon Garrard, a counselor primarily based in Magnolia.
Garrard spoke to attendees at size about matters together with suicide prevention, breaking psychological well being stigmas and the indicators and signs of psychological well being points.
Garrard spoke from her expertise as a therapist when addressing the difficulty of psychological well being stigma.
“Typically individuals will come into my workplace for remedy and say ‘Ms. Chavon, I’m not loopy, I don’t should be right here.’ Getting psychological well being care doesn’t imply you’re loopy, it means you’re in a transitional place and need to be higher, to be taught new expertise and higher your self. All of us can profit from that. When somebody says they’re diabetic or they’ve hypertension or hypertension we don’t say don’t take drugs for that,” Garrard stated.
She went on to speak in regards to the significance of encouraging family members to hunt care if they’re in want or exhibiting indicators of psychological well being disaster.
“You may miss the indicators, as a result of loads of the instances they’re good at overlaying it up… When individuals isolate themselves, have crying spells; generally we even low cost the phrases after they say them, or inform them to go pray about it or discuss to their pastor. However God has given us assets which can be out right here,” Garrard stated.
Garrard ended her speech with phrases of encouragement.
“Don’t cease combating for yourselves or your pals, as a result of it’s solely while you cease combating that you simply’ve misplaced,” Garrard.
On the finish of her speech, Garrard answered a number of questions from the viewers pertaining to points reminiscent of serving to a member of the family in a psychological well being disaster and the widespread nature of trauma within the Black group.
The Smackover Youth Basis offered Garrard with a present following her speech.
LaShonda Traylor spoke after Garrard with details about her Camden-based clinic, Wellness Clinic and Healthcare Consulting and matters reminiscent of COVID-19.
The occasion closed out with door prizes offered by well being honest coordinator Betty Morgan.