After losing one son to suicide and another in combat within eight months of each other, Major General Graham made it his mission to help prevent other families from facing the same sort of tragedies. Together with his wife, Carol, and his daughter, Melanie, Major General Graham works to raise awareness about untreated depression in the military and the rising number of military suicides. The Grahams have become advocates for soldiers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other mental health illnesses. In this DVD, Major General Graham will share his personal story of loss and relate how his family is leading the fight to reduce military suicides.
Major General Mark Graham and Carol Graham
Few people have the experience of burying not one, but two, sons. Major General Mark Graham and his wife, Carol, along with their remaining daughter, Melanie, have carried this burden for more than seven years. The Grahams lost their son Kevin to suicide in 2003, and their son Jeffrey eight months later in combat. The grief of losing two sons, both in military service, nearly drove General Graham to an early retirement. But the Grahams have remained in the Army family. They speak openly about depression and suicide with the hopes of sparing other families a tragedy. Their message is: Depression is a treatable illness. Although still healing, they have pledged to raise awareness in the military about untreated depression, and have become advocates for soldiers who suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other mental health illnesses. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates nominated Major General Graham, a nationally renowned speaker, for Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
The University of Missouri, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and will maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. MIMH will award 1 clock hour or 1.2 contact hours (.1 CEU) for this program. MIMH credit will fulfill Clinical Social Work and Psychologist licensure requirements in the State of Missouri. Attendees with licensure from other states are responsible for seeking appropriate continuing education credit, from their respective boards for completing this program.
This module will talk about early mental health care centers in the state of Missouri including State Hospital Number One in Fulton, the St. Louis County Insane Asylum, and the Saint Louis Hospital for Social Evils. The history of these hospitals, the treatments offered patients, and the management of people with mental illness as affected by social and medical movements form the core of this presentation.
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