Are you getting enough sleep?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Children's Mental Health, depression | 1 comment

From the Children’s Mental Health Network – Why is sleep important? http://www.cmhnetwork.org/news/why-sleep-important Sleep and wakefulness disorders affect an estimated 15-20 percent of US adults who are more likely to suffer from chronic disorders including depression, substance abuse, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and all-cause mortality.  Resilience to stress, emotional regulation, and inter-personal relationships are impaired by sleep...

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Musings from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, Musings from Susan's Desk, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Musings from Susan’s Desk

It’s always a joy to hear a success story. It’s especially heartening to hear when a youth who is at-risk for adverse life outcomes gets support to overcome challenges and surmount barriers to success. One such story belongs to GPS Youth Peer Coordinator Ashley Peoples.  Ashley’s parents divorced when she was young and she had no one to talk to about dealing with the issues she faced at home.  “I often times felt lost and out of place, like I had no voice, no one to try to assist me,” she said.  Growing up one of eight children in Louisiana, she was taught that whatever happened...

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A Good Read!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Children's Mental Health, Mental Illness, national federation, Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Good Read!

From the Children’s Mental Health Network – What We Didn’t Say: A struggle — parenting children with mental illness. http://www.cmhnetwork.org/media-center/morning-zen/a-struggle-parenting-children-with-mental-illness Robin Herman seemingly had it all. Graduate of a prestigious university, stellar work career, and former assistant dean for research communications in the Harvard School of Public Health. Secretly included in Robin’s stellar resume was her role as mom to two children with serious mental illness. When she finally broke her silence at a college reunion,...

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Musings From Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County FSO, Musings from Susan's Desk, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Musings From Susan’s Desk

Many Firsts to Look Forward in 2015 2015 is off to an exciting start for us here at GPS! Among the many new things on the horizon is our first family social event of the year – a St. Valentine’s Day-themed tea for moms and daughters in Renton’s Kiwanis Park building, on Friday, February 6th! During February, we will also continue our collaboration with Atlantic Street Center in their SE Seattle/Cloverdale Family Center where we’ll present parent classes on the IEP process and on how to work with law enforcement to ensure families receive support when in crisis and youth are not...

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Musings from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Musings from Susan's Desk, Video | Comments Off on Musings from Susan’s Desk

New Year, New Stories!!! As we welcome 2015, a fresh, shining, new beginning, I am reflecting on the power of our stories. Different and unique as each family is and as each of our stories are, through sharing, all of our stories have the ability to shed light on a particular aspect of the journey through illness, distress, crisis to insight, empowerment, wisdom, recovery and wellness.  Our stories matter because WE matter, the children and youth we love matter . . .and they and we deserve every bit of compassion, support, trust, faith, hope, peace, prosperity, and joy as life has to offer ....

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