On Saturday, October 21st, attorneys David Daggett and Griff Shuler appeared on Triad Today with Lawrie Beardsley, founder of the Run for Joy 5K. They discussed the upcoming event, which raises funds to promote mental health awareness and wellness among the medical trainee community. Watch the segment:
The Run for Joy 5K was founded in 2020, in memory of Ms. Beardsley’s daughter Katelyn who did not survive her own struggles with mental illness. Katelyn was a Wake Forest student in their Nurse Anesthetist program. While she often provided counseling to patients dealing with mental health issues, she kept her own struggles with anxiety and depression hidden. However, she helped herself deal with those issues through running, which is where the idea for the race started.
The race itself is geared at mental health trainees and practitioners, and serves to promote awareness and raise funds to further this cause. Medical professionals cope with a rigorous training program and it is not uncommon for students to develop issues. The race promotes the idea that “it’s ok to not be ok.” Through that message, the Run for Joy lets people know that mental health issues are common and nothing to hide.
Fighting the stigma of mental illness is not without its challenges. It’s often difficult for these students to reach out for help as they are used to being caretakers. But much like placing an airplane oxygen mask on yourself before assisting fellow passengers, you need to take care of yourself before you can effectively help others. This event conveys that concept, which is important for everyone to hear. Later in the episode, David also participated in the Roundtable discussion with Ogi Overman and Rosemary Plybon. They talked about current news items and political issues.
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As always, the team at Daggett Shuler Law is proud to help support efforts to make a positive impact in our local area and support our students. Our Safe Sober program and annual backpack program are just some of the ways we strive to serve our community. We believe in setting an example and supporting those working to improve the quality and health of our communities.
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