YOUR MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS

Did you know that 50% of the people diagnosed with heart disease are also diagnosed with some form of depression? Your mental health matters, just as any other part of the body. Your mental health affects how we think, feel, and act, even manifesting physically in the body. Mental health also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. It can be a chemical imbalance, and also physiological, or what is going on in the mind, can manifest physically in your body, causing dis-ease. It's a body, mind, and spirit connection. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke can cause depression. I know first hand. Factors such as proper diet, exercise, and sleep can positively impact our mental health. So during Mental Health Awareness Month, take the time to de-stress, find ways to have your "me" time, enjoy some sun and the outdoors, and seek help if needed. The life you save could be your own. signs and symptoms of depression, as well as being able to talk it out with health care professionals.


Dr. Florence Champagne, CEO

The Open My Heart Foundation

Discover an insightful infographic below created by the Association of Mental Health that sheds light on the signs and symptoms of mental illness, along with valuable resources to provide support and guidance. Take a moment to delve into this informative visual aid and equip yourself with the knowledge to recognize and address mental health challenges effectively.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

National Crisis Hotline

Dial 988

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 1-800-273-8255

Affiliate Santé Group
Maryland Department of Health Behavioral Health Administration
National Alliance on Mental Illness Prince George’s (NAMI)
Prince George’s Behavioral Health Services
UMD Safe Center for Human Trafficking Survivors

Call 301-314-7233

JOIN US FOR OUR "FRIENDS AND FAMILY DAY" AT OUR OPEN HOUSE

HOSTED BY GLORIA WARD RAVENELL

You are invited to attend our bi-annual Mix and Mingles. This time we're calling it "Friends and Family". You asked for it to be held twice a year, and we heard you! Participants will learn about the Open My Heart Foundation by exploring its programs, membership options, programs, upcoming events, fundraising, and various opportunities for involvement. A key highlight is the chance to socialize and connect with fellow members, and like-minded individuals who share common goals, creating a supportive and engaging environment for in the heart health community. We hope to see you soon!

MINORITY HEALTH MONTH IN REVIEW

In honor of Minority Health Month, we had the privilege of collaborating with Prince George's Department of Health. Sherma Brisseau, a distinguished Registered Dietitian from the Department of Health gave an awesome presentation. Together, we delved into discussions around chronic illnesses and their impact on marginalized communities. It was a profound experience as we extended our outreach to the seniors at Woodside Village through our monthly SOS (Supporting Our Sisters) initiative. This session was not just about providing information; it was about fostering a supportive environment where knowledge and care intersected to empower and uplift those in need.

NIH NEEDS YOU FOR A STUDY

COMPENSATION PROVIDED

Do you want to be a volunteer? Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ask healthy volunteers to provide blood samples for research studies of blood vessels and immune diseases that cause clotting. In this study, investigators want to understand the basis of these diseases to facilitate the development of better treatments.


You can participate in this study if you :

  • Are at least 18 years old and in general good health
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding


During the study, you will:

  • Have a brief screening visit including medical history and a blood draw. Screening may be over the phone or in person
  • Health screening is at no cost and compensation for participation will be provided


To learn more about this NIH study #000829-H, or other studies, please call us at 866-444-1132.

If you are are a heart survivor, stroke survivor, or at risk of heart disease with high blood pressure, diabetes, family history, or if you need support due to the loss of a loved one with heart disease, consider joining our family of supporters by clicking the link below. You are never alone.

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SAVE THE DATE

Join the Open My Heart Foundation as we support the

Community Serving the Community Health Fair June 15th.

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DISEASE MANAGEMENT AND MEDICATION COACHING

QUALITY OF LIFE PHARMACY

As I went to pick up my prescriptions, my pharmacist told me that I needed a medication review. I heard these words before from Dr. Terri Peters. Now I was hearing it from a different source, my pharmacist just around the corner. This was all the confirmation that I needed. My pharmacist told me about three different medications that I was taking for the same thing, high blood pressure. I don't know when or how this happened, but she told me that it was simply too much, and that I should make an appointment and have my doctor go over it with me. I heeded the advice, and was able to come off of some medications. I share this story to talk about the importance of "Disease Management and Medication Coaching" as a service provided by Quality of Life Pharmacy, by Drs. Terri and Dr. Rick Peters. Here is a clip from their website:

Disease management is an approach to patient care that seeks to limit preventable negative outcomes by maximizing adherence to prescribed medical treatments and helping to promote behaviors that lead to the healthy outcome that you and your doctor desire. After the busy movement from the hospital, doctors office and then the pharmacy, coping with a newly diagnosed health condition can be frustrating and confusing. As the trained medication management specialist, the pharmacist can play a role in helping you manage this transition in a way that can improve your quality of life under these new life conditions. At Quality of Life Pharmacy, we specialize in helping our community navigate these health conditions at Health Fairs, Church Health Ministries, and one on one or group consultations on a multitude of health conditions such as, Hypertension, Diabetes, Cancer, Weight Loss, ADHD, women and men's health to name a few. For further information, visit their website at:


CLICK HERE

ONE OF MY FAVORITE RECIPES


During National Heart Awareness Month, we were so honored to participate in MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's "Heart Talk" with cardiologist Dr. Barbara Srichai, at the Kenilworth Recreation Center in Washington, DC, February 29th. The event was coordinated by our very own, Khaleelah Cohen. We were able to share Red Bags of Courage from WomenHeart, along with heart health tips and information.

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