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Del Mar College Hosts Day of the Woman in Richardson Performance Hall Nov. 8

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Nearly 40,000 people in the United States die from suicide annually, or one person every 13 minutes. This exceeds the rate of death from homicide and AIDS combined. More people die by suicide than from automobile accidents. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Del Mar College will host Day of the Woman’s “EleMental Health for Ultimate Peace of Mind” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, in the College’s Richardson Performance Hall located on the East Campus at Ayers and Baldwin.

Sponsored by the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the event offers information on mental health diseases, including depression and suicide. A Q&A panel will follow the presentation.

There is no cost to attend with advance registration received before Oct. 30, which will automatically be entered for door prizes. Registrants must be present to win. Register at http://bit.ly/dayofthewoman2018.

For more information, contact Kimberly McNierney Devisser, DMC Prospect Research Coordinator, at 698-2343 or kdevisser@delmar.edu.

A serious public health problem, suicide causes immeasurable pain, suffering and loss to individuals, families and communities nationwide. Suicide causes are complex and determined by multiple factors, such as mental illness, substance abuse, painful losses, exposure to violence and social isolation.

Addressing some of the topics during “EleMental Health for Ultimate Peace of Mind” are featured speakers Laura Street, chair of the Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance; Terry Bentley Hill, nationally recognized mental health advocate and attorney; and Rita Hernandez, DMC Licensed Professional Counselor-supervisor.

During her career, Street has worked as a health care provider, a teacher, a researcher and an administrator. She also served with more than 25 boards of directors for local, state and national nonprofit organizations.

As a survivor of family suicide, Hill will share a message on mental health and suicide prevention. Her peers named Hill Dallas’ Best Criminal Defense Attorney for Mental Health representation, and she was awarded the Presidential Citation by the State Bar of Texas for her work with attorney struggling with mental health and substance abuse.

In 2001, Hernandez returned to DMC campus life and has been a dedicated advocate for mental health in higher education since then. Since depression and addiction can be devastating but can also be successfully treated, Hernandez will share strategies as well as local resources for help with the diseases.

The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health within the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center was established in 2007 to promote research specific to women’s health, to provide advanced sex- and gender-specific education to health care professionals, and to enrich the lives of women and girls through community programs and cancer prevention.


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Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.