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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Statement by Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health on the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in GPS for Youth and Families, Mental Illness, Recovery | Comments Off on Statement by Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health on the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of the Pulse shootings, the people of Orlando, FL and all of us in the aftermath of this tragic event.  We thank Linda Rosenberg for her message below and urge everyone who may be experiencing the symptoms of trauma to seek support. -Guided Pathways Support for Youth & Families   June 13, 2016 Statement by Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health on the Orlando nightclub shooting. We grieve for the victims, their families, the witnesses and the greater Orlando community after this...

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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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Musings from the 49th Annual American Association of Suicidology Conference

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in GPS for Youth and Families, King County, Suicide | Comments Off on Musings from the 49th Annual American Association of Suicidology Conference

Musings from the 49th Annual American Association of Suicidology Conference

By Susan Millender, GPS Executive Director   I am attending the American Association of Suicidology Conference this week, along with more than 1,000 loss survivors, researchers, mental health therapist, substance abuse treatment providers and other professionals in the field of suicide prevention. After suicide hit close to home in our own King County youth and family peer support network twice in the past two years, I felt it important to gain more information and talk with others about the prevention work going on in their communities. More than a few King County teachers and school...

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Restore Non-Medicaid Funding for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Advocacy, Children's Mental Health, depression, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, Mental Illness, Policy Day | Comments Off on Restore Non-Medicaid Funding for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

by Pam Romine, GPS Office and Volunteer Coordinator Even during the best of economic times, youth and adults living with mental illness struggle to access essential mental health services and supports. Services are often unavailable or inaccessible for those who need them the most. One in 17 people in America lives with a serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder. About one in 10 children live with a serious mental disorder. Unfortunately, the public often focuses on mental illness only when high visibility tragedies of the magnitude of Newtown...

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