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Happy Campers!

PRMS was pleased to support the Total Family Care Coalition’s Garden Bugs Summer Camp for youngsters in the District of Columbia, age six to 13. We donated toys, art supplies, books, board games, camp supplies and other items to help get the camp off to a great start.  There were several donations of sporting equipment from soccer balls to jump ropes which will keep the campers busy outside in the summer sun.

PRMS team with camp supplies.

Leigh Baker (left), Head of PRMS Marketing, and Jenna Quinn (right), Events Manager, delivered supplies to campers.

Total Family Care Coalition’s mission is to “keep families together for a better community.” The organization is a leading provider of advocacy and support for families in the District of Columbia dealing with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues.

For more on the Total Family Care Coalition, please click here.

One of the campers enjoying the craft supplies contributed by PRMS.

 

PRMS Supports NAMIWalks Once Again

Rain did not stop another successful NAMIWalksNYC event from happening this May at the South Street Seaport Promenade in New York City. PRMS was delighted to once again sponsor several psychiatric societies’ participation in NAMIWalks 2017.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides free support, education and advocacy programs for individuals with mental illness and their families. To learn more about NAMIWalks, please visit their website.

Jenna Quinn, PRMS Events Manager, joined the “Jacobi Ninjas,” a team from Jacobi Medical Center located in Bronx, NY. Chris Torre, PRMS Account Advisor, walked again with “Montefiore Psychiatry” from Montefiore Medical Center also located in Bronx, NY.

Jenna Quinn (far left) walked with the Jacobi Ninjas.

Chris Torre (far left) joined Team Montefiore once again.

Check out our prior posts about NAMIWalks: “‘Bronxters’ Back At It: Raising Money in NAMIWalksNYC 2016 and ‘GLIPS’ Starting a Tradition with NAMIWalks Long Island/Queens 2016” and “Walking With ‘The Bronxters’ to Support Mental Health.”

Brooklyn Psychiatric Society 3rd Annual Fun Run, Walk and Meet

For the second year, I attended the Brooklyn Psychiatric Society Annual Fun Run, Walk and Meet event on Saturday, September 17th. As expected, the event was a tremendous success. It drew nearly 40 walkers and runners, and the weather at the Wingate High School Track in Brooklyn, NY was outstanding for a nice morning run. Among the attendees were psychiatrists, including residents, along with family members, medical students, and the executive director of the district branch.

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Many of the participants finished the race in record time, while others enjoyed the morning walking around the track. As for me, I did not place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the race, but was overall very impressed with my performance and finished with a time at just shy of 27 minutes! For someone who does not consider themselves a runner, I was happy with this finish and glad that I committed to running with the doctors. This was more a race about completion, meeting members of the society and socializing with our clients than it was about finishing in a record breaking time. Albeit, Dr. Viswanathan’s son, came out on top with a first place finish for the second year in a row.

After the race finished, an awards ceremony was held to honor the top three winners with a monetary prize, and the first five finishers also received certificates.

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Running with the doctors at the Brooklyn Fun Run/Walk is one of the highlights of my year! It is the only time of the year that I prepare for (mentally and physically) to run a 5K, and I could not think of a better group of people to run with! The event is rife with excitement and the personal interactions that I have with the staff, doctors, and their families is always pleasant and reflective of the historic and long-standing relationship that PRMS has with the Brooklyn Psychiatric Society. I look forward to participating in the 4th Annual Fun Run in 2017.


Justin Pruett, Litigation Specialist: Justin Pruett joined the PRMS claims team in 2015 as a Litigation Specialist where he is responsible for investigating professional and general liability claims nationwide. With eight years of experience working in law, insurance and the federal government, he has provided complex legal analysis of lawsuits and claims related to insurance policies and coverage issues, insurance defense litigation, claims examination, discovery litigation consulting, management of eDiscovery platforms (i.e. Relativity and Concordance), legal evaluation of bodily injury claims, and analysis of corporate insurance business models. Mr. Pruett graduated cum laude from Bridgewater College and received his JD from Roger Williams University.

PRMS Takes the #22PushUpChallenge With Help of CapSpecialty

In light of the staggering statistic that each day 22 military veterans commit suicide, the nonprofit organization Honor Courage Commitment launched the #22PushUpChallenge, a project aimed at raising awareness to the importance of mental health issues among veterans.

This year, in recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and with the help of our friends at CapSpecialty, PRMS stepped up to take the #22PushUpChallenge to pledge our continued support and show our endless gratitude for those who have served our country.

The goal of the campaign is to encourage people all over the world to collectively finish 22 million push-ups.  Through tagging #22PushUpChallenge on social media, each day thousands of completed push-ups are added toward the tally.

Interested in pledging your support to raise awareness?  Record a video of yourself doing push-ups, upload the video to social media and include the hashtag #22PushUpChallenge!

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Recognizing Mental Health Month and the Importance of Mental Health Foundations

As Mental Health Month draws to a close, it is important to collectively reflect on the significance of mental health. At PRMS, we think it is also the perfect time to highlight the mental health foundations PRMS contributes to and the important work they are doing to promote mental health.

But first, a little more about Mental Health Month. Since 1949, Mental Health America (MHA) and its affiliates have led the charge in observance of Mental Health Month.  MHA has worked tirelessly to raise awareness among millions of people through various outlets, and continuously seeks new organizations to help spread knowledge of the importance of mental health.

This year’s theme is “Life with a Mental Illness.” The MHA is asking individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like in words, pictures and video by tagging their social media posts on sites like Twitter and Instagram with #mentalillnessfeelslike, or by submitting an anonymous post with images and/or text to the MHAPosts, which will be displayed at mentalhealthamerica.net/feelslike.

Here is a look at some of the foundations PRMS has helped and the work they are doing:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). PRMS has been a supporter of NAMIWalks and the dedicated cadre of mental health providers who take part. In May, we supported two New York City region teams, by making a donation to each. They included “The Bronxters,” from the Bronx District Branch of the APA and “GLIPS,” from the Greater Long Island Psychiatric Society. Combined, they raised more than $6,700 for NAMI, which provides free support, education and advocacy programs for individuals with mental illness and their families.

Kentucky Psychiatric Medical Association Foundation. In 2016, PRMS continued its ongoing support with another donation. The group recently expanded its “When Not to Keep a Secret Essay Contest,” which is designed to show Kentucky high school students that it is okay and sometimes even necessary to tell someone when they overhear dangerous or destructive talk about the results of depression and teen suicide. The Foundation also provides outreach and training grants and helped produce a DVD to recognize a potentially impaired physician.

Minnesota Mental Health Community Foundation – Minnesota Psychiatric Society. PRMS also continued its ongoing support of this group with a donation planned in 2016. While the Foundation is just a few years old, projects include scholarship funds for students pursuing mental health careers, an oral history project documenting the evolution of psychiatry in the state, a television series on depression, and a web-based tool to help find mental health providers.

Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation (OPPF) – Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association. In 2016, PRMS again continued its support of this group with a donation. The Foundation’s “Consider Psychiatry” campaign is designed to recruit more medical students to the field. The Foundation is partnering with Ohio medical schools and psychiatry departments to mentor and financially support medical students during electives so they can gain exposure to psychiatry. It also provides annual awards to the media who educate the public about mental illnesses and to Ohio medical students, psychiatry residents, and members for research and publishing.

You can help support these or other groups. Through PRMS’ Refer a Colleague program, if you refer a psychiatrist or behavioral healthcare group practice to PRMS, we will make a donation to your designated state psychiatric association, NAMI or national specialty psychiatric association.  For more information, visit: PsychProgram.com/Refer.