I had heard that Spring storms on the prairie could be intense. However, I did not expect the severity many experienced two weeks ago. On behalf of the JMHS family, we extend our deepest regrets to those that experienced extensive damage. I happened to be driving that Monday when the hail hit and caught me completely off guard. Just moments before, I was admiring the rich colors of the sky and the hint of lightning off in the distance. Suddenly, raindrops started to fall, and the sky became angry. I was unprepared for the next 5 minutes when hail golf ball-sized and larger began to attack my vehicle. I kept creeping forward, unaware of what weather was in store but was relieved once I saw the bridge leading to Dawson. Almost as quickly as it began, the weather changed. These experiences are shared by many and remind us of how our life is similar to the weather. One moment we are calm, and our mood may become a bit stormy in another. “It is O.K. to Not be O.K.” is our mantra for May. Our Mental health is important, and if you feel overwhelmed dealing with the effects of our storms or in a stormy period of life, please get in touch with our JMHS mental health professionals. We are here for you in any kind of weather.
Kris Jacobson, LNHA, LALD, MBA