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President's Message, August 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019  
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As I was out for a walk the other night, I noted the temperatures had turned chill.  I watched the Sunset over the rolling Wisconsin Hills, and realized with Labor Day approaching, the end of summer is here.  I hope all of you had some opportunity to get out and do something fun, take care of yourself, and be a little bit silly.  We all need time for that.

As we move into September, and back and do another school year, there are many important events upcoming.  The Milwaukee Chapter of the WPA will be having a chapter event tomorrow in Milwaukee on Adverse Childhood Experience.  While it’s a somewhat sobering topic, it’s an important one and we expect an excellent presentation by Himanshu Agrawal, MD, DFAPA.

It’s not too late to sign up for our incipient fall meeting.  We will be at Saint Kate the Arts Hotel (formerly the Intercontinental) in Milwaukee.  The program is titled: SUICIDE: A Population Approach to Prevention.  I know that conference chair Katrina Hickle-Koclanes MD and her planning committee have a great program lined up, which includes a dinner program on Mental Health Disparities & Suicide, a screening of the local film Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge, and a legislative panel moderated by former Milwaukee new anchor Kimberly Kane.

We also will have a pre-conference program from the APA Foundation, a Train-the-Trainer Workshop entitled: Typical or Troubled? Engaging the Community in Early Recognition of Mental Health Concerns.  While adolescence is a difficult time for many students, there is a real difference between "typical" youth behavior and signs of "trouble." Training teachers, administrators and coaches to recognize the difference can better their students' lives.

Finally, as we start making a turn toward the end of the year, I am starting to set up some listening sessions across Wisconsin.  I’d like to take the opportunity to get out and hear from members and other thought leaders, talk about the status psychiatry and the future of psychiatry, and have a dialogue on what we collectively believe our needs are for the future. To be effective, we need to be more engaged with current members and attract others. My plan is to get out and visit with members, hear what you have to say, and discuss some of what I think are critical issues and changes that impact how we currently practice and will practice psychiatry in the future.  As I am planning for my “Walkabout” I’d love to hear from you if you have thoughts, worries or dreams. Feel free to contact me.