Brookhaven Retreat Observes National Safety Month

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Brookhaven Retreat, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, observes National Safety Month in June by further strengthening its alumnae program.

June is National Safety Month. Organized by the National Safety Council, it was created to educate the public and prevent the leading causes of injury and death. This year it focuses on creating a culture of safety and responsibility. Brookhaven Retreat observes this month by celebrating its own culture of safety: a continued focus on safety after discharge.

The World Federation for Mental Health reports that bipolar disorder relapse rates are 50 percent one year after a manic episode and 70 percent five years later. Some studies have reported that relapse rates for depression are even higher. Adhering to a treatment plan may help, but eventual relapse can be life threatening.

Brookhaven Retreat’s relapse rate is significantly lower than the national average, something it credits in part to its strong Poncho and alumnae programs. Brookhaven Retreat’s Poncho Program is a life realignment program that analyzes 30 aspects of a woman’s life that have been affected by mental health and substance abuse issues. Through weekly group sessions, book readings and assignments, the Poncho Program teaches women the life skills necessary to be successful after discharge.

Brookhaven Retreat’s alumnae program continues guiding women to success after discharge from its treatment center. The women in its all-female facility form strong bonds of friendship and support. Its alumnae community supports one another in applying the skills learned in treatment to every day life. Weekly conference calls, annual reunions and a networking website facilitate this support and strengthen safety.

In June, Brookhaven Retreat begins the process of renovating its alumnae website with the goal of making the site even more interactive and social. This is meant to further strengthen the alumnae community by providing fun and interactive tools to better keep in touch with each other and with Brookhaven Retreat.

Brookhaven Retreat’s success is measured in the strength of its alumnae. It is very excited to offer innovative features that further its alumnae’s quality of life and strengthen the safety of their recovery.

About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

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