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Smart Talk: mental health first aid; Millersville breast cancer awareness

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 18, 2014 7:33 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, February 19, 2014:


If a person who suffers from mental illness talks about hurting or even killing themselves, would you know what to do?  Could you sit and have a conversation with a mentally ill person and not judge them?  Would you encourage them to seek professional help?

Mental health first aid training courses are now available to teach participants how to deal with those situations and others.

We'll learn about two local courses on Wednesday's Smart Talk from Theresa Myers, past president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Cumberland and Perry Counties and Sharon Engdahl, president of The Mental Wellness Awareness Association.  For more information on mental wellness awareness and mental health first aid training visit or 

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From left to right: Sharon Engdahl, President of The Mental Wellness Awareness Association & Theresa Myers, past president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Cumberland and Perry Counties. In front is ALGEE, the mascot for mental health awareness.

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Also, more than 230 thousand Americans are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. The vast majority are women, although a few thousand men also will be diagnosed. 

Some 35 thousand will die of breast cancer. 

Much progress has been made in the past two decades to detect and treat breast cancer. 

Successful treatment often depends on early detection and that's one of the reasons awareness is so important.  Breast cancer awareness is much more prevalent than say two decades ago, but when one considers nearly a quarter million people will be told they have breast cancer, awareness becomes even more significant. 

Millersville University is active in breast cancer awareness with several initiatives.  Professor Emeritus Dennis Denenberg has been instrumental in bringing awareness to the issue at Millersville.  He'll join on Wednesday's program.

To learn more about Millersville University's Breast Cancer Awareness Initiatives visit or

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Millersville University's Professor Emeritus Dennis Denenberg

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-02-19 09:19

    Larry from Messiah College emails:

    Thank you for the topic this morning. The concept of first aid for mental health is a very important one. I really appreciate your guests’ comments about how mental illness symptoms can be confused with the typical characteristics of adolescence. Perhaps they could say a bit more about how important it is to engage compassionately with our children even about the adolescent characteristics.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-02-19 09:45

    Larry from Messiah College emails:


    Thank you for using my earlier email on the air today. So glad to hear today’s topic – first aid for mental illness -- especially in the light of the segment I was on a few months ago—as you recall, we talked then about the difficulties of detecting issues early. Today’s guests had some very helpful suggestions and ideas – it was great that you could do another broadcast about this.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-02-19 09:54

    Jenny from Millersville emails:

    Thank you to Dennis and everything he does for breast health at MU, I chair the Breast-a-Ville and it is a well attended, beloved event!!

  • tmm336 img 2014-02-20 09:40

    Thank you Larry.In the Mental Health First Aid course we do small group work to help people distinguish between typical adolescent behavior versus red flags/early warning signs.

    Also the website for our local NAMI affiliate is Thanks Theresa Myers