THANK YOU!

Dear Editor:

I wanted to personally thank you for the beautiful article showcasing the Kingwood Garden Club’s 2019 Home and Garden Tour. We so appreciate your efforts in publicizing our events and it was a beautifully illustrated story. I love the way our Kingwood community comes together to support one another.

Gail Wright, president
Kingwood Garden Club

 

WE’VE COME A LONG WAY

Dear Editor:

As we enter our 66th year of The 100 Club, it is remarkable to look at our accomplishments. From our humble beginnings of 100 members banding together who cared greatly for our community, our first responders and their families to form what we have now. This grass-roots group has grown, flourished and, most importantly, been here to stand shoulder to shoulder with and support over 182 families in their time of need. We have been fortunate through our membership to be able to do so much in all of our missions, line-of-duty tragedies, life-protecting equipment and law-enforcement scholarships. We have grown to become the largest 100 Club in the nation thanks to support from members like you, your parents and even your grandparents. Please help us to carry on this legacy of support for our heroes. When you see a fellow member, thank them for their support. When you see one of our heroes, thank them for their service! We appreciate your continued support of our mission!

Don Woo, chairman
The 100 Club

 

THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE

Dear Editor:

Something to think about before the next election and what your vote could mean to health care in the USA, especially for seniors, but all citizens in general. Many of the DNC candidates are running on health care for all and anyone in the USA, and that this should be provided by our government. Not considering the enormous cost, far beyond what our country could afford, but the impact it would mean to health care that will be provided to the average USA citizen. In countries with government-provided health care, there are many common problems that are prevalent, a shortage of doctors, long wait times for critical appointments, and services provided in age-justified priority. Seniors are pushed to the back of the line if “they” feel service should be provided at all, based on the advanced age of the patient. Studies show [that] there will a shortage of 120,000 doctors in the USA by 2030. The USA aging population will increase by 50%, including 1/3 of all current doctors who will be over 65 by 2030. These factors, in addition to the expected population growth of the USA of 11% by this time, will only magnify the doctor shortage. Most of us have noticed that a large percentage of the doctors in the USA are from foreign countries that moved to the USA to practice. A major reason for this is that many of the countries they come from have government-provided health care that controls its cost and also limits what doctors can charge for their services. If the USA voters/Congress decides to install government-provided healthcare, this cost control will also impact doctor’s income and the result will add to the doctor shortage as many foreign doctors will not move to the USA.

Sid B. Nice
Humble

 

AWARENESS IS KEY

Dear Editor:

In America today, approximately 45-47 million, or one out of five Americans, is suffering from a mental health issue; and approximately one in 25 adults is currently experiencing a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with one or more major life activities. Sadly, the rate of suicide is at a 30-year high. While more individuals are accessing care, an astounding 9 million are struggling with unmet needs. These are our friends, colleagues, neighbors and perhaps our own family members. As CEO of Kingwood Pines Hospital, my staff and I have the privilege of serving many members of our community who are experiencing some of the most challenging times of their lives – mental illnesses that are often invisible to the casual observer in ways that physical illnesses are not. May is Mental Health Awareness month, providing an important opportunity for reflection and collective action to address barriers, including the ongoing stigma and stereotypes preventing many individuals from getting the care they need. A recent poll of 1,000 Americans conducted by Research Now provides some noteworthy insights regarding perception and barriers. High percentages of respondents view mental health as equal in importance to physical health with illnesses like depression and anxiety cited among the top concerns, along with cancer and heart disease. The same poll identified barriers to care and different perspectives regarding value for physical and mental health where historically the latter wasn’t taken as seriously. The good news is that there is much hope – and today, positive outcomes are not only possible, they are experienced every day. Like chronic physical illness, mental illness can be diagnosed and effectively managed. Individuals who were once in despair can regain their mental health and go on to live their best lives. This is highly rewarding and one reason I chose to work in this field. What can we do within our communities to recognize the signs of mental health issues and assist those in need of care and treatment?

- Listen and show understanding: If you suspect a loved one is struggling, offer to listen and encourage them to seek professional help.

- Share the Lifeline number (800-273-TALK) – a 24/7, free and confidential support line. Military veterans may press ‘1’ for dedicated support. Suicide affects all demographics: different ages, races, ethnicities, sexual orientation and occupations.

- In case of acute emergency, dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Suicide is often preventable when people at risk receive the support that they need.

- Our schools should encourage students to pursue careers in mental health fields, whether through nursing, medical or vocational programs. This is a growing field; we need the next generation of talented professionals.

Each of us can play a positive role to improve the lives of the millions of Americans suffering from mental health challenges, not just during this month, but every month in every community across the country.

Shanti Carter, CEO/managing director
Kingwood Pines Hospital

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