Let’s Celebrate Summer!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Let’s Celebrate Summer!

Summertime and the livin is easy. The lyrics of the popular George Gershwin song may not hold true for many of us parents of kids with emotional and behavioral challenges. Still the season offers a wealth of opportunities to refresh, refuel, and even relax a bit! Time to get outdoors, let the warm of the sun melt away your tension and put a smile on your face! These photos show what we’ve been up to so far this summer. Daylight breaks earlier and lasts longer, during the summer months, giving us more time to walk along a peaceful nature path or sit under a shady tree in the park and...

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Facing The Next Hurdle,

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in GPS for Youth and Families, Mental Illness, Policy Day | Comments Off on Facing The Next Hurdle,

After Winning the Battle to End Psychiatric Boarding Last week, the state House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill with an 83-15 margin for a supplemental budget proposal that would add $21 million to the state’s inpatient psychiatric system. The funds would open 45 beds at Western State Hospital and support an effort to open at least 145 beds at community hospitals. This is step in the right direction toward increased inpatient capacity is also a great step toward treating our loved ones who have mental illnesses compassionately. No more keeping patients with mental illnesses in...

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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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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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