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					                                                                                                                                                                           In this issue:              the nervous
                                                                                                                                                                                                      breakdowns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              over 1,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          people joined
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and depression                      in the inaugural
                                                                                                                                                                                                      of abraham                         Sioux falls Walk
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lincoln                      Now for autism




   2000 South Summit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Volume 2, Issue 1
   Sioux Falls, SD 57105                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spring 2009

   Phone: 605-336-0510




        Visit us on the web!                                                                                                                                          A Feeling of Hopelessness Overturned
      www.southeasternbh.org
                                                                                                                                                                      If you pick up your lunch from a well-known local
                                                                                                                                                                      café, you may be greeted by the welcoming face of
                                                                                                                                                                      Nadine.
                                                                                                                                                                          “I’ve struggled with depression, OCD, and anx-
                                                                                                                                                                      iety since I was 8,” explains Nadine. “My mother
                                                                                                                                                                      says that I was a happy-go-lucky child and one night
                                                                                                                                                                      I went to bed and it was like a switch had flipped,
                                                                                                                                                                      I woke up a completely different child.”
Please Join Us...                                                                                                                     Board of dIrectorS
                                                                                              Yes, I want                               Marilyn Korsten, President
                                                                                                                                       Jeff Johnson, Vice President
                                                                                                                                                                          For Nadine, mental illness was a simple fact of
                                                                                                                                                                      life. She grew up in Sioux Falls, graduated from
The 2009 Knowles Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, May 19th at the Minnehaha
Country Club. It is our opportunity to say “Thank you” to our wonderful donors. Each
                                                                                               to help!                                Roxie Loftesness, Secretary
                                                                                                                                          Tim Hilber, Treasurer
                                                                                                                                                                      high school, married, and raised two children, all
                                                                                                                                                                      while handling her illness. “It’s just a feeling of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Nadine found fulfilling employment with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the help of Southeastern Behavioral’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Employment Connection
year we honor two recipients with the Roy C. Knowles Friend of Mental Health Award                                                                                    hopelessness,” continues Nadine. “I would think
                                                                                          I have enclosed my gift of $                                                that I had hit rock bottom.” With the help of Southeastern Behavioral HealthCare,
and two recipients with the Southeastern Directions for Life Donor Award.
                                                                                                                                              MeMBerS                 Nadine lives with her mental illness with assistance from medication and therapy. She
   Those attending the Knowles Luncheon will have the opportunity to hear about our       Charge my gift to:    Visa     Mastercard
                                                                                                                                             Andi Anderson            had been unemployed for 4 years before learning about Employment Connection. Em-
new “$100 Club”. Your membership into the Club will help Southeastern carry out
                                                                                          Card#:                                            Anita Drummond            ployment Connection is a program of Southeastern Behavioral HealthCare which assists
our mission to strengthen communities through services that enhance the emotional
                                                                                                                                              John Fromelt            individuals with mental illness in obtaining and maintaining employment.
and behavioral well-being of children, adults and families. With your donation, we will   Expiration date:                                   Sarah Hueners
be able to continue providing services to children and adults that struggle with mental                                                                                   “I had never worked successfully before,” continues Nadine. “But they helped me
                                                                                                                                              Valerie Kuhl
health issues.                                                                            Signature:                                                                  with my resume and gave pointers on my interviewing skills. I received employment
                                                                                                                                               Ruth Parry
                                                                                                                                                                      skills training and completed a trial employment using a register.” After completing her
                                                                                          Donor’s Name:                                         Ted Thie
                                                                                                                                            Chris Thorkelson          training, Nadine completed her job interview with her current employer, was hired on
                                                                                          Address:                                            Keri Weems              the spot, and has now been employed for over 4 years.
                   Southeastern Behavioral              Southeastern is Going Green!                                                                                     “My boss is terrific, my co-workers are so nice,” states Nadine. “I’m even able to work
                                                                                          City:
                   HealthCare is a United Way                 Would you prefer to                                                     ex-offIcIo MeMBerS              enough that I have health insurance through my job now.” And the success of employ-
                   funded agency. The funds            receive our newsletter via email   Phone:                                                                      ment is made possible to nearly 100 other individuals that struggle with mental illness
                   awarded help provide                   rather than standard mail?                                                          Marc Dick
                                                                                                                                                                      daily thanks to funding from Sioux Empire United Way. Employment Connection is
                   services for psychiatric              If so, please send your email    Email:                                           Luverne Langerock
                                                                                                                                                                      providing these individuals with skills for today’s workplace, and helping them find
services and Employment Connection.
                                                                   address to:                                                                Carol Twedt
Southeastern appreciates the money given by                                                                                                                           stable employment.
                                                         taryns@southeasternbh.org        Please make checks payable to                       Mitch Krebs
the community to help sustain services to those
in need.                                                    and we will update your       Southeastern Behavioral HealthCare,              Dennis Weeldreyer             “I have self-confidence now,” ends Nadine. “When people walk in the door, I can
                                                              contact preferences.        a 501(c)(3) organization                             Dale Long              look them in the eye and welcome them to the café.”
                                           Employment Connection Receives Friend of
                                           the BLN Award                                                                                             Sioux Falls Walk Now for Autism
“Some people come into our lives
and quickly go. Some people move           The Sioux Falls Business Leadership Network recognized Southeastern Behavioral
                                           HealthCare’s Employment Connection program with a Symon Award in October 2008.                             On October 11th, 2008, Southeastern
our souls to dance. They awaken us
to new understanding with the pass-        The Symon Awards is the area’s premier showcase for best business practices in devel-                      Behavioral HealthCare joined over 1,000
ing whisper of their wisdom. Some          oping a diverse workforce and recognizing the talents and skills that employees with                       people in the inaugural Sioux Falls Walk
people make the sky more beautiful         disabilities contribute to the Sioux Falls business community. Employment Connection                       Now for Autism event. The Southeastern
to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for   was bestowed the Friend of the BLN award for providing employment assistance and                           team, named “SBH Walks for Autism”,
awhile, leave footprints in our hearts     support to working-age persons with severe mental illness.                                                 included 52 staff, people we support, fam-
and we are never, ever the same.”                                                                                                                     ily and friends. The team joined together
Author Unknown                                                                                                                                        to raise $437. Following the event, partici-
   each year, Southeastern hosts                                                                                                                      pants were treated to a luncheon at South-
a Knowles friend of Mental Health          Abraham Lincoln: Survivor of Mental Illness                                                                eastern’s Education & Integration build-
and donor appreciation Luncheon
                                                                                                                                                      ing. According to Autism Speaks, all Walk
to celebrate and say “thank you”
                                           Of all the achievements that come to mind when Abraham Lincoln’s name is mentioned,                        Now for Autism events generate funds for
to the many individuals and busi-
                                           dealing successfully with a mental illness is probably not one of them. Yet that is pre-                   autism research while raising awareness
nesses that support the work we do.
                                           cisely what he did. In a book titled “Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged                      about the increasing prevalence of au-
this year, the Knowles Luncheon will
be held on May 19, 2009 at the Min-
                                           a President and Fueled His Greatness,” author Joshua Wolf Shenk leads us through Lin-                      tism and the need for increased research
nehaha country club. at the lun-           coln’s life – a life filled with depression and two nervous breakdowns. Beginning with                     funding to combat the complex disorder.
cheon, we will recognize people in         the fact that individuals have a “biological predisposition” to mental illness, Shenk care-                Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed
four categories who have truly giv-        fully explores the details in Lincoln’s childhood and family history to present evidence                   in 1 in 150 children in the United States,
en from their hearts and had a sig-        of mental illness in his family. Plagued by tragedy and loss, Lincoln faced many trials and                affecting four times as many boys as girls.
QLÀfdQWLPSdfWrQ WKHdJHQf\ dQG              disappointments in his personal and professional life, including a failed attempt to win                   The diagnosis of autism has increased ten-
LQWKHÀHoGrIeHKdYLrUdoKHdoWK7KH             public office, a failed business venture, and an epidemic of typhoid that led to the deaths                fold in the last decade. At Southeastern’s
awards that will be given are: Volun-      of close friends. These instances brought Lincoln to the verge of suicide. Lincoln’s sec-                  Education and Integration Services, an
teer of the Year, Professional of the      ond breakdown prompted his famous and chilling phrase “I am now the most miserable                         array of programs for children and young
Year, Individual donor of the Year
                                                                            man living.” Yet despite all of this, Lincoln managed to go               adults with developmental disabilities are
and corporate donor of the Year.
                                                                               on and live a most meaningful life. By the time Lincoln                provided, including a special education
   as we celebrate the individuals
                                                                                   was elected President of the United States, his con-               school, vocational training and residential
who support the agency through
volunteer time, talent and money,
                                                                                     dition had transitioned from major depression to                 services. Way to go, walkers!
we must never forget why their gen-
                                                                                      a milder form of the illness. While struggling to
erosity is so important. every day,                                                     find balance in his emotional life, he embraced
the employees at Southeastern are                                                         his illness as part of who he was. Lincoln
reminded of our purpose…providing                                                          possessed a great capacity for empathy, had
therapy to children with emotional                                                         many friends, a renowned sense of humor                                                                   James, a student at Southeastern’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                     education & Integration Services,
issues, caring for the homeless, help-                                                    and a deep faith. His own suffering helped
                                                                                                                                                                                                     was the featured artist of the 2008
ing people with developmental                                                            to make him acutely aware of the sufferings of                                                              festival of trees. His original art was
disabilities and guiding individuals                                                 others. His life teaches us that complete healing                                                               auctioned off during the Gala Live
struggling with mental illness.                                                     is not necessary to live a rich and rewarding life.                                                              auction.
   our clients touch our hearts
                                                                                   Through his remarkable perseverance, he achieved
and souls with their courage and                                                                                                                   T H E
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                                                                                    greatness known to only a few.
strength as they learn, grow and
make positive changes in their lives.
from it all, we gain new understand-
                                                                                      Source: Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a
ing and wisdom to continue our
                                                                                         President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk
work. this work would not be pos-
sible without the generosity from
the people in this community—the
people who leave footprints in the                                           :KLOHVWUXJJOLQJWRÀQG EDODQFHLQ KLVHPRWLRQDOOLIH
heart of Southeastern Behavioral                                             Lincoln embraced his illness as part of who he was.
Healthcare and those we serve.

				
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