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Dennis H. Jones Living Well Network Mental Health Breakfats

02/26/2019, 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM

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Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare( )


After surviving the Yarnell Hill Wildfire in Arizona and an unfathomable loss of 19 of his fellow firefighters in 2013, Brendan McDonough suffered from bouts of deep depression and intractable Post-Traumatic Stress. McDonough will share his story of struggle and redemption during the annual Dennis H. Jones Living Well Network Breakfast on Tuesday, February 26 at the Hilton Memphis.

McDonough was on the verge of becoming a hopeless, inveterate heroin addict when he, for the sake of his young daughter, decided to turn his life around. He enlisted in the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of elite firefighters based in Prescott, Arizona. On June 30, 2013, while McDonough served as lookout, the Hotshots confronted a freak 3,000 degree inferno in nearby Yarnell, Arizona. The relentless firestorm ultimately trapped his hotshot brothers, tragically killing all 19 of them within minutes. Nationwide, it was the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the 9/11 attacks.

Following the Breakfast, attendees are invited to participate in one of three breakout sessions:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Recognition, Current Treatment and Ways to Offer Support
  • Trauma Informed Care: The Journey to becoming a Trauma Informed Community
  • The Importance of Self Care for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Resilience