The View - September 2017

The View - September 2017, Volume II - Issue 8

Ridgeview residents get creative with artwork!

Please make plans to drop by the Main Center's Staff Lounge to vote on your favorite artwork during the month of October! Ridgeview residents are creating artwork as part of their overall wellness and recovery plan with hopes of making a calendar for 2018. To learn more, feel free to reach out to Heather Whitt or Carl Freeman.

Infant Mental Health Conference by Melanie O'Dowd

August 21-22, 2017 Melanie O’Dowd with Project BASIC and Penny Wood with the Mist Program attended the Second Annual BUILDING BLOCKS for Infant Mental Health Conference in Franklin TN.

The 2 day conference included 2 general sessions to open and close the event, 4 break out session opportunities, and a SOLAR ECLIPSE viewing during our networking luncheon. Glasses provided!

The break out sessions and general sessions focused on a variety of issues currently in Infant Mental Health ranging from ACEs, Engaging Families, Maternal Depression, Practical Strategies, Educating others, Empowering Moms, Reflective Counseling, and Building a Foundation for Future Mental Health.

Not only was the conference fun and informational, but we were surrounded by cemeteries at every turn and even watched the Eclipse from a small 1800’s cemetery near the conference.


Legislative advocacy

Brian Buuck and Michael Yates met with Representative John Ragan and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally as part of TAMHO's Legislative Committee. The meeting provided an opportunity to thank each for their leadership and to advocate for the most pressing needs of the people we serve.




Ridgeview's United Way Campaign launches HallowTeam Costume Contest

Enter to win BIG!

To Enter:
• Submit your individual or team photo to Michael Yates ( by EOB on November 1 along with your entry fee
• Entry Fee: individual photo entry is $5.00; Team photo is $10.00
• Ballot will be mailed to All Staff by 9:00 a.m. on November 2
• You may cast one vote on November 2 (details forthcoming)
• Winner will be announced through BREAKING NEWS on Friday, November 3
• Awards: 1st place $100.00; 2nd place $50.00; and 3rd place $25.00

Costume considerations:
• Costumes chosen for this UW Campaign must be in compliance with Ridgeview’s Professional Appearance Policy 3-306 and EEO Policy 3-100. Specifically, costumes should not pose potential safety hazards or have the potential to be offensive to clients or other staff.
• Ridgeview's United Way Campaign Team reserves the right to review and approve all costume photos prior to publishing on the ballot.

Ridgeview’s United Way Campaign Team,
Angel Ferguson
Heather Laxton
Yolanda Monfort
Charlene Ntahobari
Amy Olson
Stacy Park
Julie Wright
Michael Yates
Nathan Zeiger

Ridgeview's Zero Suicide Initiative Recognized

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network and TDMHSAS recognzied Ridgeview for having successfully implemented all seven standards - Jan Cagle, who is both an ASIST and QPR Trainer, was on hand to accept the award on behalf of Ridgeview.

Ridgeview growing followers on Facebook

Please don't forget to "like" Ridgeview's page and follow us on Facebook. We're half-way to reaching our goal of 500 followers by year's end. You can also see daily posts from Ridgeview related to latest news, including posts about our events, our presence in the community, our programs, or other helpful information.



Be part of Ridgeview's annual fundraiser and kick your fall off with the right steps, our own 5K run/walk. You may register as either a participant or a volunteer through - the link is also on our website and Facebook page.

We're delighted to have the following sponsors join us thus far: Merrill Lynch; Howard-Hildreth Insurance; Trinity Benefits; Rather and Kittrell Inc.; Pi Kappa Phi; Panera Bread; Kroger; and Chick-fil-A. Come out and be part of the fun!