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VOLUNTEER STORIES

A Focus on Mental Health

“During a medical visit, the practitioner sometimes notices that the patient is anxious or depressed or has a problem that is getting in the way of their happiness,” explained Susan Geltman, MSW, a volunteer social worker at BVMI. “That’s when the person is referred to me.” 

Susan’s approach is a personal one. She’ll help patients develop strategies that allow them to take action to make things better.

 

“It may be as simple as taking a walk, saying a prayer or reading a book on affirmations when things get too overwhelming,” she added. Susan recently retired from private practice and her counseling position at Ramapo College.

She volunteers every other week. What she noticed most about BVMI was the dedication of the staff and the quality of care. “Each patient receives the best possible treatment and is treated with respect," said Susan.