Mission Moments at the 27th Annual Conference of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Children's Mental Health, executive director, family support, federation conference, GPS for Youth and Families, national federation, sustainable family support organization | Comments Off on Mission Moments at the 27th Annual Conference of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Here at Guided Pathways –Support for Youth and Families (GPS) we share what we call mission moments at our monthly staff meeting. A mission moment is any experience that reminds us of the importance of youth and family support and the need for helping families with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges achieve wellness and resiliency.   During the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH), November 10th – 13th, in Phoenix, AZ, we experienced many mission moments. The sunshine of the Sonoran desert and warm welcome of NFFCHM Executive Director...

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Trauma Healing and The Brain, – Discussing the Effect of Trauma and The Link to Drug Addiction

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Children's Mental Health, family support, Mental Illness, Recovery, self care, Substance Abuse, sustainable family support organization | Comments Off on Trauma Healing and The Brain, – Discussing the Effect of Trauma and The Link to Drug Addiction

We hear a lot about the effects of trauma and the importance of trauma-informed care these days and for good reason. For those of you who may have missed our blog in the last two weeks, Gabor Maté is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital in British Columbia. For twelve years he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. For two years he was...

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Consequences of Stressed Parenting

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Children's Mental Health, family support, GPS for Youth and Families, Mental Illness, Recovery, self care, Substance Abuse | Comments Off on Consequences of Stressed Parenting

Stress is again the focus of this week’s blog and video offering.   Dr. Gabor Maté talks about the link between stressed parenting and the preponderance of childhood disorders like ADHD, autism and oppositional defiant disorder. The talk was given at the KMT Child Development & Community Conference. It underscores the importance of managing the stress in our lives for our own well-being and for that of our families.

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Caring for Ourselves When We’re Caring for Others

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Children's Mental Health, family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, Mental Illness, Recovery, self care, sustainable family support organization | Comments Off on Caring for Ourselves When We’re Caring for Others

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month! Each week we’re focusing on a different aspect of mental wellness. This week’s focus is self-care. As parents and caregivers, we all face stress – stress in the workplace, in the home, and virtually everywhere that people interact. Caring for a child or youth with complex emotional and behavioral needs brings added tensions to our lives. In order to combat the damages stress can bring about we need to recognize and manage it effectively and insightfully. When left unchecked, accumulated stress goes on to undermine us, disrupt our body’s...

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Momentary Healing

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Children's Mental Health, depression, Mental Illness, Recovery, Suicide, Video | Comments Off on Momentary Healing

Wynne Lee, 17, struggled with depression and cultural expectations for several years. The teen from Diamond Bar, California, is like many kids from Asian American families who often have trouble finding appropriate treatment. Watch the video:   Reprinted from Children’s Mental Health...

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On Losing My Darling Natalie – Children’s Mental Health Network

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Children's Mental Health, depression, Mental Illness, Suicide | Comments Off on On Losing My Darling Natalie – Children’s Mental Health Network

A touching story of a mom and her daughter’s struggle with mental health published in the Children’s Mental Health Network. On Losing My Darling Natalie – Doris Fuller I lost my darling daughter Natalie to terminal mental illness last weekend.  She killed herself one month short of her 29th birthday by stepping in front of a train in Baltimore.

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