Riverwood to host mental health forum

Marcos A. Moreno, MD

With pandemic pressures, life changes and busy work schedules today, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure.

Riverwood Healthcare Center is hosting a virtual forum via Zoom called “Mental Health Matters: Taking Time for Self-Care” on Thurs., May 26, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

This program will include a virtual presentation from Dr. Marcos A. Moreno, resident physician, Department of Psychiatry at Yale University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Developmental Neuroscience from Cornell University and earned his medical degree from University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His research in the areas of public health, addiction medicine and translation neuroscience has been published in the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine over the past year.

“Self-care means taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical health and mental health,” Dr. Moreno said. “When it comes to your mental health, self-care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy.”

Following the presentation by Dr. Moreno, the program will feature a robust question-and-answer period with a panel of speakers. One of the panelists, Madisen Kuppich, BSN, RN, works in interventional psychiatry at Yale Psychiatric Hospital. She has a local connection as the daughter of Angie and Tom Kuppich of Aitkin.

Other panelists include Janet Larson, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with Riverwood’s Behavioral Health Clinic; Dr. Melissa Herbranson, family medicine physician; and Stacey Durgin Smith, health educator with Aitkin County Public Health. Dr. David Taylor, chief medical officer at Riverwood, will moderate this virtual event.

Register for this Zoom forum at  https://rwhealth.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gvhr_yXzT4yYEctH0A4Hpg, which you may also access at www.riverwoodhealthcare.org by clicking on News & Events and the forum announcement. Questions are encouraged. You may submit a question during registration or during the presentation with the “chat” feature in Zoom.