Scholarship funds available for students pursuing careers in mental health treatment

Scholarship funds available for students pursuing careers in mental health treatment

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and WPBF 25 News speaks with the CEO of a local health organization dedicated to improving the health of people throughout Palm Beach County. Patrick McNamara is the President and CEO of Palm Health Foundation, which works to build a culture of health, strengthen brain health, and strengthen health professions throughout Palm Beach County. The foundation achieves these goals by raising funds, writing grants for various organizations, and providing free activities to community members. Patrick McNamara’s older brother, Michael McNamara, died by suicide in 1989 aged 21. hardworking, has worked to make brain health a priority at the Palm Health Foundation since becoming CEO in 2017. working to connect all resources and fund new research. “We basically want to put Palm Beach County on the map to advance brain health,” said Patrick McNamara. “We want to be known globally for this. I’m sure when you champion this type of cause and connect the dots between the different people who are also advocates in this field, you start to reap all kinds of benefits and rewards. byproducts of that and that’s what we’re trying to do.” October is Train the Brain Month, where the Palm Health Foundation hosts free community events that everyone is welcome to attend to promote the health of the brain. FellowshipsThe Palm Health Foundation offers four fellowships for those pursuing a career. in mental health services, including the Mike McNamara Scholarship Fund. “I’m a licensed clinical social worker and most licensed clinical social workers don’t make huge amounts of money and so being in debt to get into a profession where you know you’re not going to make huge amounts of money is to help ease some of those burdens,” said Patrick McNamara. “There are so many people who come into the profession because of their family struggles and seeing friends and stuff and it’s to inspire people that there is a career path and we will support you.” My family’s experience with suicide, I just don’t want another family to have to go through it. It was like a bomb went off when my brother died. It’s a wound that never fully heals, but putting it into prevention efforts so no other family has to go through that’s really who I am. by calling or texting 988, or you can chat here.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and WPBF 25 News interviews the CEO of a local health organization dedicated to improving the health of people throughout Palm Beach County.

Patrick McNamara is President and CEO of the Palm Health Foundation, which works to create a culture of health, strengthen brain health, and strengthen health professions throughout Palm Beach County. The foundation achieves these goals by raising funds, writing grants for various organizations, and providing free activities to community members.

Patrick McNamara’s older brother, Michael McNamara, died by suicide in 1989 aged 21. Patrick McNamara, a licensed clinical social worker, has worked to make brain health a priority at the Palm Health Foundation since becoming CEO in 2017.

Patrick McNamara

(Left) Michael McNamara (Right) Patrick McNamara

Patrick McNamara says Palm Beach County already has advanced brain health research institutions that are doing many things in the field, and now the Palm Health Foundation is working to connect all resources and fund new research. .

“We basically want to put Palm Beach County on the map to advance brain health,” said Patrick McNamara. “We want to be known globally for this. I’m sure when you champion this type of cause and connect the dots between the different people who are also advocates in this field, you start to reap all kinds of benefits and rewards. by-products of that and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

October is Train the Brain month, where the Palm Health Foundation hosts free community events that everyone is welcome to attend that promote brain health.

Scholarships

The Palm Health Foundation offers four scholarships for individuals pursuing careers in mental health services, including the Mike McNamara Scholarship Fund.

“I’m a licensed clinical social worker and most licensed clinical social workers don’t make huge amounts of money and therefore have to struggle with debt to get into a profession where you know you’re not going to make huge amounts of money .money is to help ease some of those burdens,” Patrick McNamara said. “There are so many people who come into the profession because of their family struggles and seeing friends and stuff and it is to inspire people that there is a career path and we will support you.

“My family’s experience with suicide, I just don’t want another family to have to go through this. It was like a bomb went off when my brother died. It’s a wound that doesn’t heal. never completely, but putting it into prevention efforts so that no other family has to go through this, that’s really who I am.”

If you or someone you know needs help, you can speak with Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988, or you can chat online here.

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