AEGIS Sponsors Beacon Health Options Fundraiser


AEGIS is proud to once again support our long-standing client, Beacon Health Options, the nation’s premier managed behavioral healthcare company as the exclusive Resiliency Sponsor for Beacon’s 4th Annual Stamp Out Stigma Golf Outing to benefit the National Military Family Association (NMFA).

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We have seen in our own personal lives the impact of mental illness…

The golf outing promotes Stamp Out Stigma, an initiative created to address the prevalence of mental illness and to help discourage stigma as a barrier to recovery. The event places a special emphasis on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its impact on service members returning from combat and their loved ones. Launched in 2013 by Beacon Health Options, the Stamp Out Stigma initiative is now spearheaded by the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, in which Beacon Health Options is a member. The initiative aims to promote the eradication of stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use disorder, as stigma acts as a barrier to people seeking the mental health and substance use disorder care they need to recover. The campaign challenges people to recognize the high prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorder in order to transform the dialogue about both, from a whisper behind closed doors to a conversation.

The year the event will be held on Tuesday, July 19th at the Bayville Golf Club in Virginia Beach, VA. AEGIS has been a proud sponsor of this event since its inception. The proceeds from the event will go to the NMFA, which provides support and guidance for military members and their families. Funds from the outing will help NMFA strengthen its work on behalf of military families, provide military spouse scholarships, and host Operation Purple ® camp and retreat programs. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA.

While Beacon is indeed our client, we share with them a deep concern and appreciation for the stigma of mental illness. We have seen in our own personal lives the impact of mental illness whether on it’s own or in conjunction with other illness like cancer or serious injuries like those experienced by our service men and women. We look forward to doing our part to advance the national dialog around ending the stigma of mental illness. For more information, visit www.stampoutstigma.com and see the press release from Beacon.

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About Michael Callihan

Mr. Callihan has more than two decades of experience in software engineering and business consulting. His expertise is in application architecture and helping customers develop best practices in enterprise software development. Mr. Callihan has worked with large government organizations including more than 10 years with the US Army, and many large corporations – HP, Time Warner, and various health care systems. His experience includes object-oriented analysis, design and programming, team mentorship, technical training, and project management. Mr. Callihan is a Project Management Institute (PMI) certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a certified Lean Six Sigma Sensei (LSSS). He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Information and Decision Systems and Industrial Management.

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