Today, guests from the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System discussed Mental Health, Gout and More

May 22, 2023 at 11:03 am by WGNS News

Adenrele Dr. Olajide, Staff Rheumatologist at the Nashville VA and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Some of the items he discussed included: 

  1. Gout Awareness Day is May 22 and how people can identify and treat gout.
  2. What is gout?
  3. What are the symptoms?
  4. Who is at risk?
  5. How can you reduce gout flare ups; include what TVHS services and programs can help with this (i.e. Whole Health, Nutrition team, MOVE! Weight Loss Program).
  6. How can TVHS help Veterans with gout? How can they get seen?
  7. More info: Out With Gout | VA Tennessee Valley Health Care | Veterans Affairs

Dr. Umieca Hankton was in-studio 8:45 – 9 a.m., a Clinical Psychologist at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center discussed Mental Health Month and the importance of mental health wellness. Hankton, Clinical Psychologist at the Alvin C. York VA

Some of the items she discussed included:

  1. Why is mental health so important?
  2. There’s often a stigma surrounding mental health. How can folks help break the stigma or get the care they need without fear of being stigmatized?
  3. When people hear mental health they often think of someone talking with a psychologist, but it’s more than that. What programs and services does the Murfreesboro VA offer?
  4. What are some signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation? How can others help a Veteran who may be in need?
  5. VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a buffet of mental health care programs and services. Can you explain a bit more about these programs and services?
  6. How can a Veteran get enrolled in VA and see a mental health care provider?