Talk with a Doc: Depression Later in Life, May 14

May 7, 2019

Dr. Erika Wilson, psychiatrist with Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC), will be presenting the Talk with a Doc seminar “Depression Later in Life” on Tuesday May 14, 2019 at 6pm at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Dr. Wilson will be accompanied by Dr. Tiffany Simpson, PsyD, HSPP, clinical psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health at HRMC.  

“Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During the month of May, mental health providers and organizations around the country are raising awareness on mental health. Each year we aim to fight the stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families,” says Dr. Wilson.

If you or someone you know suffers from mental illness, you are not alone. According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), an estimated 1 in 5 adults has a mental health condition and 46.6 million adults in the United States face the reality of managing a mental illness every day. If you are coping with a mental health issue, help is available. Call 828.452.8651 to be connected with the care you need to help you live your best life.

Dr. Wilson and Dr. Simpson will speak about mental health and depression while attendees enjoy a healthy meal. Afterward, there will be time to answer questions and speak to the presenters. Watch for additional Talk with a Doc seminars this year. Seminars typically occur on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Our programs feature a variety of healthcare providers speaking on health topics of interest to you. RSVP is required to attend the seminar as limited space is available. To attend, please call 800.424.DOCS (3627)

About Erika Wilson, MD, MPH, Psychiatrist
Dr. Erika Wilson is a psychiatrist for Behavioral Health Services and is the supervising attending physician for psychiatry residents at Haywood Regional Medical Center.  Dr. Wilson completed a dual-degree program where she received her Doctorate of Medicine and Masters of Public Health from the University of Albany, School of Public Health in New York. She then completed a residency in general psychiatry at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Her clinical experience includes emergency psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, general psychiatry, and inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. While working on her Masters degree, Dr. Wilson authored articles in the New York State Department of Aging Community Resource Guide. Dr. Wilson was previously an associate professor of psychiatry at Tufts University Medical School.  She is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association. She and her family moved in western North Carolina in 2018.

About Tiffany Simpson, PsyD, HSPP, Clinical Psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health Services
Dr. Tiffany Simpson is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Haywood Regional Medical Center.  Dr. Simpson received her doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2006 and is currently licensed in three states.  Prior to relocating to North Carolina in 2017, Dr. Simpson owned and operated Creative Interventions Counseling, Inc., an independent mental health agency in Indiana for eight years.  Dr. Simpson has spent much of her career engaged in forensic psychology and has testified as an expert witness for both state and federal courts on numerous occasions.  Dr. Simpson was previously an adjunct profession at Purdue University North Central and an instructor at the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.  Dr. Simpson is very passionate about helping first responders cope with the trauma they experience in the line of duty and is a member of the Western North Carolina Peer Support Team. 

About Haywood Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health

Behavioral health services includes a 17 bed adult (18-64) psychiatric inpatient unit and a 16 bed senior (55+) psychiatric unit.  The units are located on sixth floor and are designed to meet the safety and security needs for both adult and senior individuals. Both units are focused on treating individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis that is so overwhelming that they are unable to cope with it in the community in a safe way. Behavioral health services is proud to truly have a multidisciplinary team that provides individualized and comprehensive treatment that goes well beyond acute stabilization. Program services include providing a safe environment with 24-hour monitoring and supervision, diagnostic services, medication evaluation and treatment, dietary evaluation, group counseling, individual counseling, physical and occupational rehabilitation, recreational therapy, and specialized care coordination with outpatient providers. Programming follows a recovery focused model and patients are treated as a whole person with dignity and respect in a person-centered, safe, and compassionate milieu. We strive to create an environment that is free of negative stigmas about mental illness and provide individuals with the atmosphere and support to begin their recovery. To learn more visit MyHaywoodRegional.com/BHU or call 828.452.8651.