Windermere in Kannapolis is called home by its residents who have mental health diagnoses. The residents are known to lean on each other for support. Kyra Johnson wanted to help her friend and roommate, Bryan Croutch, find a job. She put in a good word for him to her supervisor at Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Concord, NC, Pit Stop Ct where she she is a cashier.
She helped calm his nerves in the job application process. "It made me feel good to help him because I know he can do it," Kyra shares.
He got the job and now works weekends and is enjoying the experience. Bryan, who started at the job last summer, says he loves being in the mix of things at his job and also at his volunteer work at the Kannapolis YMCA. He enjoys being around and working with other people. Kyra thinks his job's friendly, supportive atmosphere is helping him thrive.
"Being with friends lifts my spirits up," Bryan said.
UNC-Chapel Hill recently observed a #MentalWellnessDay for its students in response to a suicide and suicide attempt. Nurse Practitioner Natasha Donnelly, PMHNP- BC, PhD, RN, MSN, MSc., from our Behavioral Health Urgent Care in Wake County, points out how signs of suicide ideation can sometimes be difficult to identify but how we can keep an observant eye on friends and loved ones. #SuicidePrevention
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