Allyn Diabetes Support Group

“DIABETES’ LONG TERM MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES” ‒ JUNE TOPIC FOR MGH&FC ALLYN DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP MEETING

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 Allyn Diabetes Support Group meeting will address the issues of “Diabetes’ Long Term Mental Health Challenges” in a class on Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Port of Allyn building’s downstairs meeting room.

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 Allyn Diabetes Support Group, affiliated with the American Diabetes Association, meets every fourth 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) 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.