Parish Nurse

Wisdom from Nurse Pat Shapiro, Parish Nurse

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The COVID 19 pandemic has had a great impact on the mental health of people of all ages.  It is crucial to stop the stigma around mental health challenges which may prevent those affected from seeking help. Tips to enhance your psychological wellness: Get sufficient sleep; Cut down on processed foods by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables; Move on a regular basis; Take time for yourself; Learn to say “NO” when you are too busy; Speak out when you’re feeling low; Learn positive techniques to deal with frustration or anger.  Resources include the Mental Health Association and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Advocate Aurora Health is sponsoring a virtual women’s event on May 10-13 from 6:00 to 7:45 pm. You may register for up to 8 classes during the week at no charge. There are several topics. If interested, please contact me and I will mail you a flyer.

Grapevine Women’s Health Webinar Series: Thursday May 6 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm MENTAL HEALTH and Tuesday May 25 from 10:30 to 11:30 am BONE HEALTH. Registration is required. Go to or email