LAUGHTER HEALS: MHC PRESENTS “LAUGH OUT LOUD FOR MENTAL HEALTH” FUNDRAISING EVENT ON APRIL 16, 2016
GLENSIDE, Pa. April 6, 2016—MHC, a leader in workplace behavioral healthcare, will present an evening of fun, food, and laughter at “Laugh Out Loud For Mental Health” on April 16, 2016. David Granirer, an award-winning counselor and stand-up comedian, and a group of mental health consumers who have studied with Granirer, will be taking the stage.
The show is a production of Stand Up For Mental Health, an organization that teaches individuals with mental health challenges to turn their problems into stand-up comedy as part of their treatment. The show’s goal is to entertain and amuse, while also opening people’s minds to their perceptions and prejudices about mental health issues. The show will also raise money to fund a Philadelphia chapter of Stand Up For Mental Health.
Brendan J. Young, MHC President and CEO, saw a Stand Up For Mental Health show at a professional conference, and knew he wanted to partner with the group. “We know laughter heals,” he says. “We listen to horrific stories every day, terrible things happen. People need a break. Laughter is a huge release and Stand Up For Mental Health is the perfect partner for MHC. We are pleased to support a good cause, fight the stigma of mental health, and give members of our community a chance to take a break and enjoy themselves.”
The event runs from 6 pm to 9 pm and includes a meet and mingle over hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, then transitions to a dinner buffet and the comedy show. The program will be held at North Hills Country Club, 99 Station Avenue, Glenside, PA. Tickets are $100 per person with discounts for full table purchases. For more information or for tickets, call 215-343-8987 x1207 or visit http://www.mhconsultants.com/laugh-out-loud-for-mental-health/.
This event is co-sponsored by the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
About MHC: MHC has been a leader in workplace behavioral health care for more than 30 years. Its mission is to serve individuals with high-quality drug, alcohol, and mental health services, while containing the cost to the individual, employer and payer. MHC provides a full array of workplace behavioral health services to employers, unions, and insurers, including information and referral services, clinical case management, and management consulting. The company works with a variety of organizations, including large corporations, small businesses, union groups, and private and public entities.
About Stand Up For Mental Health: David Granirer is a counselor, stand-up comic, mental health keynote speaker, and author of The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead to Happiness and Success. He founded Stand Up For Mental Health, a program that teaches stand up comedy to people with mental illness or mental health issues, as a way of building confidence and fighting public stigma. For more information about Stand Up For Mental Health, see: http://standupformentalhealth.com/
Brendan J. Young
On Sunday, October 18th, MHC participated in the Health Fair for the IAFF Local 22 Philadelphia Firefighters. The event was held at the Philadelphia Fire Museum and was part of the 2015 Fireman’s Hall Museum Fire Safety Exposition & Muster. MHC staff were on hand to meet and talk with Local 22 members, cadets, and family members about the Employee Assistance Program services that MHC provides as well as the importance of stress management. MHC therapy dog Campbell brought her own special brand of stress relief. There were lots of wags and smiles. It was a fun day all around!
On October 13, 2015 the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) installed Brendan J. Young, President/CEO of MHC, as their new President during their monthly meeting held at Key Recovery in Brookhaven, PA.
As President, Young will serve a two year term as the official spokesperson and representative of the Chapter. He is deeply committed to the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, having previously served as Chapter Vice-President, and was also named EAP of the Year in May 2015 for his contributions to the field of Employee Assistance and the betterment of the EAPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter.
Young is passionate about Employee Assistance and helping organizations build healthy workplaces. He is an EAP consultant whose company, MHC, has been providing employee assistance and behavioral health programs to unions and corporations for nearly 35 years.
We are very excited to introduce you to Morghan Terry, who has returned to MHC as the Manager of Clinical Operations and Business Development.
Morghan began her career at MHC in 2005 as a Case Manager, leaving in 2009 to pursue new opportunities. She went on to obtain a graduate degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University. Prior to rejoining the MHC team, Morghan was working as a clinical supervisor in the Lehigh Valley. She has considerable training in family systems therapy, crisis intervention and in providing trauma-informed care and clinical staff education. In addition to her clinical experience, Morghan has substantial knowledge in managed care, business relations and program marketing. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an active participant in the Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Morghan knows our organization and the clients we serve well and embodies the six core values that are at the heart of what MHC is all about: commitment to excellence, integrity, teamwork, adaptability, positive attitude, and professionalism.
Please join us in welcoming Morghan back and in wishing her great success in her new role!
MHC and the Greater Philadelphia EAPA Chapter co-sponsored the “Best Practices in Critical Incident Response” training on Friday, May 8th for local behavioral health providers. Crisis Care Network’s Jeff Gorter, a nationally renowned speaker and expert on modern approaches to crisis response, presented an informative and interactive session about delivering critical incident response services in the workplace.
On Saturday, May 9th, MHC also co-hosted a training with Firefighters IAFF Local 22 designed for first responders to increase awareness about PTSD as well as review the latest research and best practices in critical incident response. The training was presented by both Jeff Gorter and Dennis Carradin, both of Crisis Care Network.
Both trainings were well attended and engaging, and feedback from participants was highly positive.
Brendan J. Young, President/CEO of MHC, has been named EAP of the Year for his contributions to the field of Employee Assistance and the betterment of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of EAPA (Employee Assistance Professionals Association). The award was presented by the EAPA Greater Philadelphia Chapter at its 10th Annual Chapter Awards Breakfast held on April 14th, 2015 at the Livengrin Foundation in Bensalem, PA. The award recognizes outstanding EAP consultants who exhibit the highest standards of professional ethics and demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the provision of EAP services. Young’s company, MHC, has been an EAP consultant to unions and corporations for more than 30 years.