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By Judy Thomas
Executive Director, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

The recent death of Robin Williams is a reminder that everyone plays a role in mental health.

Access to mental health resources is not just for the person that’s mumbling incoherently with a crazed look in their eyes. Lots of people living “normal” lives, holding jobs and raising children, have mental health challenges. Many are very creative, playful and energetic, and are part of families who love them dearly. In fact, many of these people fit our societal definition of “successful.”

Whether we are suffering from depression or not, we all have something in common: we die… eventually, at some point in our lives. And before we die, we are likely to lose someone we love.

Palliative care plays an important role as part of the mental health support network for our patients and loved ones.

If you have not yet registered, I invite you to join CCCC for our September webinar, “Palliative Care & Depression: Clinical Challenges.”

August 21: Palliative Care & Depression

Palliative Care & Depression
August 21, 2014, Noon to 1 p.m.

CCCC Members: Free / Non-Members: $30

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This webinar is presented by Scott A. Irwin, MD, PhD, Director, Psychiatry & Psychosocial Services; Patient & Family Support Services, at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.

In this webinar, you will learn how palliative care and mental health providers can work together to appropriately recognize, assess, and provide intervention to patients with depression. Being able to recognize the signs, and assess the symptoms, of depression is crucial to palliative care providers.

If you haven’t heard Scott Irwin talk on this topic, you’re in for a treat. Join us!

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