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Health Matters, Television for Life

Your opportunity to talk directly with physicians, nurses and other regional experts about the health issues that are important to you. Teresa Lukens hosts this monthly conversation and viewers are encouraged to call, text or email their questions in advance for the panel. Send your questions to

Providence Health Care
WSU Spokane

Holiday Stress & Winter Blues

Kids and adults are struggling with mental health issues worsened by the pandemic, and the holidays can bring added stress to those struggling with depression and anxiety.

Our expert panel will offer advice on caring for yourself and others having difficulty with their mental well-being. And meet a Spokane teen who has found the help she needs to fight depression.

Helpful Links

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Providence Behavioral Health

Inland Northwest Behavioral Health

Kootenai Behavioral Health

National Institute for Mental Health

Spokane Regional Health District

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Suicide


Tamara Sheehan, MHA BSN RN
Regional Director of Behavioral Services, Providence Health Care

Breanna Barger-Kamate, MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital

Claudia Miewald
Director of Behavioral Health, Kootenai Health

Dirk Dhossche, MD
Inpatient Adolescent Unit Director, Inland Northwest Behavioral Health

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