Heroes for Health: Rick Granite

This spotlight series is designed to profile members of the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health. Over the coming months, the series will feature individual Collaborative members, each of whom is integral to the group’s efforts to forge stronger connections and establish new approaches to strengthen the social and emotional development of our children.

This series is an opportunity to highlight and recognize the diverse individuals, services and resources available to the Racine community.

Who: Rick Granite, Owner of Granite Diagnostic Laboratories, Inc. and former Advisory Board President of Children’s Hospital Community Services.

Email: rick@granite-family.com

Phone: 262-639-3735

About Granite Diagnostic Laboratories, Inc.: Granite Diagnostic Laboratories is a state of the art, CLIA certified and Florida licensed clinical laboratory, which offers diagnostic testing in clinical chemistry, hematology, coagulation, and urinalysis. Granite Diagnostic has served the Greater Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida areas since 1999. A model for excellence, Granite Diagnostic Laboratories has won the COLA Laboratory Excellence Award for twelve consecutive years.

Words from Rick, a Hero for Health:

To ensure our continued physical health, we go to annual checkups and various appointments. We provide healthcare resources in schools and educate parents on what to do if they notice certain symptoms. Why not do the same for mental health?

It’s interesting. Depending on the gravity of a child’s mental health challenge, it could be relatively easy to recognize symptoms and find the child the help he or she needs. Children whose symptoms are less pronounced are the hardest to reach. Unfortunate, too, is the reality that many of these issues would be much easier to address if they were caught early.

The Collaborative is working to place mental well-being on even footing with physical well-being. Our goal can be accomplished in relatively simple ways. We can push for mental health check-ups during students’ annual physicals. We can educate parents on the mental health resources available in their community. We can place mental healthcare providers in schools alongside nurses and social workers, providing an entire team dedicated to each child’s holistic health.

Teachers, too, play a significant role in their students’ mental health. When teachers understand the signs of a potential mental health concern, they personally become another resource for children dealing with mental health challenges.

This is a step-by-step process. In order to take action, we must first open lines of communication between the different fields. Communication begins when we bring members of each field together, and we are bringing everyone together through the Collaborative, which provides us with a roadmap to success and brings us a little bit closer to our community of health.

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