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. email@example.com 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 1 8 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.