The Westin Galleria Hotel hosted The Menninger 2017 Annual Signature Luncheon Thursday, May 4. With above-and-beyond loyalty and support from guests, the event raised $575,000 to benefit mental health treatment, research and training at The Menninger Clinic. The Menninger is a nationally ranked mental healthcare system offering inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment.
Former patient Simone Hunt shared her story about coming to Menninger as a malnourished, drug addicted and traumatized 20-year-old. She now understands that her purpose in life is to cultivate authentic connections with others.
KTRK’s Melanie Lawson interviewed Emmy-award winner and ABC news anchor Elizabeth Vargas about her struggles with anxiety and addiction as well as her road to recovery. She shared the importance of remembering that addiction is a disease and that the reason only one in 10 people who suffer with addiction get help is because of stigma. To help remove that stigma, Vargas said it’s important for people to talk more openly about mental health.