Out of Darkness Walk

out of darkness walk

The Out of the Darkness Walk unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

To register for the walk, donate, or learn more, click here.
For more information, please contact Amanda Arneson at 712-304-1290 or amanda.arneson@mrhcia.com

Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk on 9/24

out of darkness walk

There is one death by suicide every 11 minutes, and it is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Suicide is also the second leading cause of death among ten- to 34-year-old people, according to the CDC. Chances are that many people have been impacted by suicide in some way. MRHC Occupational Therapist Amanda Arneson invites the community to join the first “Out of The Darkness Walk” in Manning on Saturday, September 24th at 10am at the Manning City Park to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention. Occupational therapist, Amanda Arneson

“My husband and I have been personally affected by suicide, so we are passionate about spreading awareness and resources, which is why we decided to host our own walk locally,” shared Arneson, MOTR/L, CLT. “Our mission in this walk is to raise awareness for suicide prevention, reduce the stigma surrounding this issue, and support survivors, those at risk, and families who have lost loved ones. These events empower people to share how suicide has impacted them.”

The Out of the Darkness movement started in 2004 to give people courage to share their connections to the cause, unite communities, and provide an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

To donate, learn more, or register for the Manning walk, please visit AFSP.org.You can also contact Amanda Arneson at 712-304-1290 or amanda.arneson@mrhcia.com. Participants can also register at the walk itself, beginning at 9am.

“With this being our first year, our goal is to have 100 people present,” Arneson said. “The walk is free to attend, however, we ask that everyone, whether individually or in a team, set a goal of $150 in fundraising to reach our cumulative goal of $5,000.”

Suicide awareness T-shirts are also available through MRHC and can be ordered online here or through the Out of the Darkness Walk Facebook event on the MRHC Facebook page. T-shirt orders are due by September 6.

If you or a loved one are in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please call 988, the National Suicide Prevention line. If you need more mental health information, education, or would like to discuss support, please contact your primary care physician at (712) 655-2072. For those 65 and older, call Senior Life Solutions at (712) 655-8262. Or call the Manning Recovery Center at (712) 655-2300 and talk to a professional. To learn more about mental health and available resources visit mhanational.org.

Lymphedema Services Now Available at MRHC

Occupational therapist, Amanda Arneson

“For those experiencing swelling due to lymph node removal or cancer treatments, lymphedema services can be very beneficial,” explained Occupational Therapist Amanda Arneson, MOTR/L, CLT, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center. Occupational therapist, Amanda Arneson

Lymphedema is a pooling of lymph fluid that results in swelling in a portion of the body. If left untreated, the collection of protein-rich fluid provides a culture rich for infection and inflammatory processes. Reduced oxygen transport then decreases healing to compromised tissues and wounds.

Lymphedema is a progressive condition characterized by:

  • Excessive protein in the tissues
  • Excessive fluid in the tissues
  • Chronic inflammatory reactions
  • Excessive deposition of fibrous tissues

“We began seeing more and more patients experiencing the effects of lymphedema, so Amanda became certified to provide treatment for our patients,” said Director of the therapy department, Taylor Nelson, PT, DPT.

Patients will now be available to receive the following treatments at MRHC:

  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Compression bandaging
  • Compression garments
  • Exercise and elevation
  • Education in self-management

To schedule a lymphedema consultation with Amanda at MRHC, call (712) 655-8298.

MRHC Welcomes New Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapist, Amanda Arneson

The therapy department at Manning Regional Healthcare Center is excited to welcome a new Occupational Therapist, Amanda Arneson, MOTR/L, to the therapy team. Arneson is now offering a wide range of occupational therapy services at MRHC for people of all ages who, because of illness, injury, developmental, or psychological impairment, need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives. Occupational therapist, Amanda Arneson

“I am thrilled to be joining the team as an Occupational Therapist here at MRHC,” shared Arneson. “I fell in love with occupational therapy when I observed in Carroll at the hospital. I knew immediately that I wanted to help people of all ages get back to doing all the things they want to do independently. I am looking forward to growing the Occupational Therapy department here at MRHC and I have a big vision for the future,” Arneson said.

Therapy Director, Taylor Nelson, PT, DPT, is excited for Arneson to join the team and looks forward to being able to offer occupational therapy services full time at MRHC.

“Amanda is a great asset to add to the Rehab Department and has experience treating a wide range of diagnoses,” said Nelson. “Occupational therapy can be beneficial for many different individuals ranging from children with developmental issues to people recovering from stroke. OT’s wheelhouse focuses on treating not just the diagnosis but treating the person as a whole in order to reach their functional goals.”

Arneson will offer occupational therapy services for adults who have difficulties with routine care such as brushing their teeth, getting dressed, feeding themselves breakfast, or driving to work. She will also provide pediatric care which consists of ensuring that children are meeting developmental milestones and progressing as they should. Pediatric services can include helping with handwriting and behavioral and mental health.

“My passions are in mental health and pediatrics,” Arneson shared. “I hope to explore more and bring skilled therapy here locally, so we don’t have to drive so far outside of town with our little kiddos.”

Geriatric services will be available as well. Arneson has experience working in local nursing homes and brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to geriatric care. She will work to get elderly people stronger and back home to be able to live independently.

After graduating from Audubon High School in 2012, Arneson received her master’s in Occupational Therapy at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska. Arneson and her husband live in Audubon with their two children. She enjoys spending time with family as well as doing anything outdoors.

To schedule an occupational therapy appointment, call (712) 655-8298.