It’s OK to not be OK.
That’s one of many factors Jennifer Pullen, govt director of UnityPoint Well being — Berryhill Middle, needs everybody to know.
“It’s OK to name your good friend and say you’ve nervousness or are fearful,” mentioned Pullen, a licensed therapist . “It’s OK to hunt help from folks.”
Might is Psychological Well being Consciousness Month. And given all the challenges introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic, social, political and cultural points together with different private dilemmas, Pullen mentioned it’s an excellent time to replicate and perhaps take into consideration the world otherwise.
“The results on simply being remoted has had an influence on folks,” Pullen mentioned. “Quite a lot of of us actually did take the warnings and keep at residence measures critically, nevertheless it has had an influence on psychological well being. We’re seeing extra folks reaching out who might not have reached out earlier than for assist. I see that as serving to to scale back the stigma in looking for psychological well being care.”
In 2020, Berryhill served a little bit greater than 5,000 unduplicated sufferers from Webster County and surrounding areas.
“Most of us have somebody we are able to rely on,” Pullen mentioned. “Within the occasion any individual wants one thing greater than that, that’s the place Berryhill is available in. We’re right here to help folks.”
Telehealth has been a beneficial device to proceed to achieve sufferers through the pandemic. And people providers will nonetheless be out there even because the pandemic tapers down.
“Utilizing telehealth providers through the pandemic to assist them,” mentioned Pullen, a local of Ogallala, Nebraska. ”They might sit on their sofa and really feel snug and get that service there. We nonetheless supply the telehealth. Now we have quite a lot of of us nonetheless not snug coming in and that’s OK. We will serve them in that capability.”
And psychological well being isn’t simply vital for Berryhill purchasers. It’s additionally vital for employees.
“It’s vital to carry consciousness to psychological well being,” Pullen mentioned. “We hosted a stroll on Wednesday final week. Considered one of our therapists gave a discuss mindfulness and issues you are able to do for coping. We took a pleasant stroll proper earlier than the rain. That was enjoyable to do collectively.
“UnityPoint has actually labored laborious by this final 12 months in serving to employees deal with caring for themselves mentally and bodily. I actually really feel cared about as a complete particular person.”
Journaling may also be helpful for psychological well being.
“Now we have inspired folks to do journaling,” Pullen mentioned. “I’ve a gratitude journal. Encouraging folks to be lively. Having fun with time exterior, having flowers, planting a backyard. One thing like that. It’s good to be out in nature and within the solar and really feel good.”
Typically, she mentioned, our minds get so busy we overlook to take a second for ourselves.
“Now we have a mindfulness minute and we learn from a mindfulness web page and share that with all of our employees each Wednesday,” Pullen mentioned. “Simply take a minute to deal with you and care about your self.”
Pullen earned her bachelor’s diploma in psychology from Hastings School in Hastings, Nebraska. She holds a grasp’s diploma in schooling neighborhood counseling from the College of Nebraska at Kearney.
Pullen moved to Fort Dodge in 2007. She labored as medical director at Rabiner Therapy Middle for about six years. She began working at Berryhill in December of 2012. She began as a therapist earlier than transitioning to the position of medical supervisor. In March she was promoted to director. Pullen replaces Aaron McHone, who accepted the place of operations director for UnityPoint Well being.
Though she mentioned it sounds cliche, Pullen mentioned she likes her work as a result of she likes serving to folks.
“After I completed my undergraduate, I began working for the Boys and Ladies Residence in Nebraska,” Pullen mentioned. “I cherished working with youngsters. I had some nice influences and position fashions working there.”
As director, Pullen works with senior management on the Trinity Regional Medical Middle and the hospital board of administrators to make sure Berryhill is following its imaginative and prescient.
“There’s a management crew that leads the work and works with our improbable employees,” she mentioned. “It’s my job to help them and ensure they’ve what they should carry out on the highest stage.
“I join with different leaders at UnityPoint, work on insurance policies and procedures. After which different neighborhood organizations. Right here in Fort Dodge, it takes all of us to offer care. Ensuring we will be supportive of each other.”
Anxiousness and despair stay among the many most typical diagnoses.
Cognitive behavioral remedy is only one of many methods used to assist sufferers.
“If you’re working with a therapist they could attempt cognitive behavioral remedy,” Pullen mentioned. “That’s an opportunity for folks to consider their ideas, emotions, actions and behaviors. Assume how they may reply otherwise or coping methods they will use.”
The Berryhill employees is skilled in cognitive behavioral remedy.
Pullen is happy that since she’s come on board, Berryhill has expanded its capability to serve extra folks.
“After I began I used to be one among 4 1/2 therapists,” she mentioned. “As we speak we now have 12. Psych suppliers went from two once I began to eight. Now we have household medication in our constructing. Now we have a lab. All the development in our outreach applications. It’s actually vital to us that regardless of who comes right here we are able to take care of them. That we are able to help them within the capability that they want it.”
One of many highlights of the career is seeing others achieve success or listening to concerning the success tales from sufferers.
“I get pleasure from seeing folks achieve success,” Pullen mentioned. “I get pleasure from listening to the success tales the place folks really feel higher and listening to how good somebody is doing, as a result of they labored laborious to do this with their therapist or doctor. And I like working with the folks. The individuals who work right here do some wonderful issues and I’m proud to work with them.”
She mentioned generally sufferers don’t even really feel worthy of coming in for assist and they need to.
“I’d inform sufferers once I was seeing them individually, ‘I will likely be in your aspect till you resolve to be in your aspect. We will get higher collectively,’” Pullen recalled. “Typically they don’t really feel they’re price coming in as a result of that’s what despair can trick you into pondering is that you just aren’t price it. To companion with somebody in that therapeutic relationship and watch them develop. They’ll say you probably did a lot for me and I say you probably did the work. To assist construct any individual up that approach, that motivates you to maintain working with them and need to assist the subsequent particular person.”