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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Redirect Marijuana Excise Tax

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in family support, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, Policy Day, Recovery, young adults, youth peers | Comments Off on Redirect Marijuana Excise Tax

By Gary Streile, GPS Parent Partner In 2012 WA state voters approved I-502, which removed state legal prohibitions against producing, processing, and selling marijuana. It also made marijuana sales subject to licensing and regulation by the liquor control board, and subject to an excise tax. Details of the disbursement of this excise tax were laid out in RCW 69.50.540. Item 5d of that RCW specifies that a portion of the excise tax should go to the state Basic Health Plan (BHP) trust account. The intent was for this money to be used for prevention, recovery support, and treatment services for...

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Musings from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in family support, Mental Illness, Musings from Susan's Desk, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Musings from Susan’s Desk

I ask members of Congress to look those Newtown families in the eye  Agree or disagree, this CNN article gives more insight to congressman Murphy and his quest for mental health reform. For Network faithful who love the congressman, you will like this piece. For Network faithful who are exasperated with the congressman, you should read this piece to understand better what drives...

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