Honoring Our Colleagues on World Mental Health Day

Representing about half of the Psychiatric Resource Team, ten of its members were able to attend the World Mental Health Day celebration in their honor on Monday, October 10, on 5 Lacks. Members of Senior and Nursing Leadership were also in attendance.


Mercy Health celebrated World Mental Health Day, a day to focus on education, advocacy and awareness for mental health, on Monday, October 10, 2016 by honoring its Psychiatric Resource Team. Nursing Leadership hosted a gathering on 5 Lacks, inviting hospital leaders and others to commemorate the important work of colleagues who work with patients who face mental health issues.

Originally created in January 2015 to serve patients within the acute care units in the hospital, the Psychiatric Resource Team at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has quickly expanded its practice.

Today, the Psychiatric Resource Team serves throughout the different departments, including the Emergency Department and inpatient units. Members of the team attend morning huddles with social workers to determine where there could be potential issues, and follow up by rounding on the identified patients and staff.

Through this ongoing and daily support, frontline colleagues feel more confident in de-escalation techniques and other evidence-based interventions, and as a result, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has seen remarkable reductions in restraints and in the number of patient companions used.

The color lime green signifies mental health awareness. Attendees were invited to don lime green ribbons and eat themed lime food, all in an effort to raise awareness about mental health.

“Working with our staff to be confident and calmer has made our staff and patients safer, as our colleagues are better able to handle situations that arise around all areas of the hospital,” said Kevin Hengeveld, MSN, CNL, RN-BC, who works in the Psychiatric Medical Unit (PMU).

During the ceremony, Carrie Mull, manager of the PMU, accepted the Team Award for Outstanding Recognition on behalf of the Psychiatric Medical Unit.

Thanks to the members of the Psychiatric Resource Team who works diligently to care for our vulnerable populations of patients:

  • Susie Burchardt, BSN, RN-BC
  • Blair Celano, BSN, RN-BC
  • Paul Dieleman, BSN, RN-BC
  • Steve Guigelaar, BSN, RN-BC
  • Deb Kooienga, RN-BC
  • Shaena Lemmen, BSN, RN-BC
  • Adam McKee, BSN, RN-BC
  • Rachel Merryman, RN-BC
  • Matt Mogck, BSN, RN-BC
  • Jennifer Rewa, RN
  • Merribeth Richard, RN-BC
  • Casie Sultana, BSN, RN-BC
  • Tom Vanderschaaf, BSN
  • Jordan VanSchepen, BSN, RN-BC
  • Karel VanSetters, RN-BC
  • Beth Wiersma, BSN

Revered as a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy, World Mental Health Day was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in many countries.


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