Diabetes, June Topic For MGH & FC Shelton Support Group

            SHELTON, Wash. – Diabetes is a health condition with not only physical but also mental challenges that need to be managed, particularly over the long term.  The next Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics Shelton Diabetes Support Group meeting will address the issues of “Diabetes’ Long Term Mental Health Challenges” at the next Diabetes Support group set for Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pershing and Ellinor Meeting Rooms at Mason General Hospital.

Presenting the class will be guest speaker, Lynn Hedlund, MA, LMHC, clinical manager of Mason County Behavior Health Resources.  Lynn is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with a Master’s degree in counseling and Community Psychology from St. Martin’s University.  She will provide valuable information, strategies and guidelines for recognizing and dealing with the long term mental challenges associated with diabetes, such as burnout, depression, denial, and eating addictions.  As always, there will be time set aside to answer questions.
Family members/significant others are also welcome to attend, for the acknowledgment and support of their loved ones with diabetes who may be dealing with these issues.
The Shelton Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets at the MGH every third Thursday of the month from September to June.  It is free and open to people with type 1 and 2 diabetes, their friends, and family.  For more information call Sue Barwick, R.N., C.D.E. at (360) 427-7332 (from Allyn (360) 275-8614, and ask for the Diabetes Wellness Center).
MGH is approved by the Joint Commission and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation.  There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties.  For more information go to www.MasonGeneral.com.