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SML Observes Lupus and Mental Health Awareness during the Month of May

SML Observes Lupus and Mental Health Awareness during the Month of May

The month of May is Lupus and Mental Health Awareness Month. Informational programs about both topics will take place during the month at Shreve Memorial Library Hollywood/Union Avenue and Hosston Branches. The annual observances for both call attention to the impact lupus and mental health have on the lives of millions and their families. The programs are free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Everyone is encouraged to wear the color purple in support of Lupus Awareness Month. Library patrons can learn more about lupus, including its signs and symptoms, who is more susceptible, why lupus develops, and what can be done.  Delebra Hudson, a lupus advocate, will lead informational discussions about the autoimmune disease at the Hollywood/Union Avenue and Hosston Branches of Shreve Memorial Library. Hudson will talk about her personal experience living with lupus, answer questions and hand out information on steps to take if you or someone you know is suffering with the disease.

Lupus Awareness Month programs will take place on Thursday, May 5 at the Hollywood/Union Avenue Branch, located at 2105 Hollywood Avenue, and on Monday, May 9 at the Hosston Branch, located at 15478 U.S. Highway 71 in Hosston. Both programs will begin at 1:00 p.m. 

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. The most distinctive sign of lupus is a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly across both cheeks. This occurs in many but not all cases of lupus. To understand more about the disease visit the Lupus Foundation of America website at https://www.lupus.org/.

In addition to lupus awareness, the Hosston Branch will host a program in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month on Monday, May 23. Guest speaker RaShad D. Bristo of Healthy Blue Louisiana will lead a discussion covering the many triggers of mental health issues that men and women suffer, as well as the underlying causes of depression and stress that many working people endure. A Q&A session will follow. That program starts at 1:00 p.m.

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