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(L-R) Antionette, Carmen and Courtney (Children’s of Alabama)

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we spoke with three staff members at Children’s of Alabama to find out why they love helping young people improve their mental health.

Read on to learn how they lead the country and provide parents with great resources.

Antionette Thrasher

Antionette Thrasher, Children's of Alabama) mental health
Antionette Thrasher (Children of Alabama)

Antionette Thrasher worked at Children’s of Alabama for six years.

Since entering her therapeutic associate role six months ago, Antionette has provided supervision and oversight for patients with mental, emotional and/or developmental conditions.

Antionette says the most rewarding part of her job is seeing the positive outcome of a patient’s mental health and knowing she played a role in that growth.

“I realized years ago that I can’t help everyone, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try.”

Antionette Thrasher, Therapeutic Associate, Children’s of Alabama

Carmen Lambert

Carmen Lambert, Children of Alabama)
Carmen Lambert (Children of Alabama)

Since 2012, Carmen Lambert has worn many hats around Children’s of Alabama.

Since beginning her journey with Children’s as a volunteer in 2012, Carmen has worked as a Child Life Activities Coordinator, Adolescent Medicine Social Worker, and now serves as a Mental Health Therapist with the Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC) in Emergency Department.

For Carmen, the most rewarding part of the job is relieving any stress or fear a child may be experiencing.

“Witnessing the relief in a child’s eyes when their feelings are validated and becoming a part of their mental health journey is truly a gift.”

Carmen Lambert, mental health therapist, Children’s of Alabama

Courtney Reeves

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Courtney Reeves (The Alabama Kids)

Courtney Reeves works as a psychiatric mental health nurse working in the Emergency Department, but also performs psychiatric consultations on medical floors.

Like Antionette and Carmen, Courtney has worked in many programs and departments at Children’s – previously working in the Children’s Behavioral Health outpatient clinic and RN on the medical-surgical floor.

Courtney told us she loves empowering children, especially when she tends to work with those who face many challenges at a young age.

“Childhood is such a fascinating time in life and it’s rewarding to connect with them at all different stages of development.”

Courtney Reeves, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Children’s of Alabama

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Q&A with Antionette, Carmen + Courtney

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What resources does your department have for mental health awareness?

Antionette: “We allow children to tell their pain and abuse (they’ve experienced) and be heard without judgement.”

Carmen: “Children’s of Alabama has one of only three psychiatric intake response centers in the nation. PIRC has mental health professionals available by phone to answer questions and help people navigate child and adolescent mental health care.”

Courtney: “Many staff members attend National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) events throughout the year, which is the largest mental health organization in the US. The events are a great place for families to connect with other families struggling with mental health issues. disease.”

What makes children’s mental health support unique?

Antionette: “We consider ourselves a ‘judgment-free zone’ that allows open dialogue for processing dialectical behaviors. We are a bridge between inpatient and outpatient therapy – this is where we differ from other programs – we provide services for the family.”

Carmen: “PIRC therapists at Children’s have access to a database that can filter Alabama mental health resources based on insurance, geographic location and need. Our therapists work with a multidisciplinary team to find the best resources available for our families.”

Courtney: “As we are the department of psychiatry, our role constantly involves connecting patients and their families to local psychiatric resources as they prepare to leave the hospital. It is our job to consider the struggles that patients and their families have and how psychiatry can help.”

What advice do you have for someone who is hesitant to ask for help?

Antionette: “Don’t be afraid to seek help. You are not alone – take that leap of faith and look for resources. We’re here and we’re one step towards a healthier you!”

Carmen: “You don’t have to go through this alone. Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you from seeking support. Children’s is staffed with caring, knowledgeable and encouraging staff, many of whom have been in situations like yours.”

Courtney: “We offer a very simple way to connect families to psychiatric resources. 205-638-PIRC (7472) is a great resource for parents to call to get contact information for psychiatric resources in their specific area of ​​Alabama. If it is an emergency, they are encouraged to call 988, the suicide hotline number.”

As we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s important to know what resources are out there. Every department at Children’s provides the same intentional care for every patient they see.

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