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 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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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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Musings from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Children's Mental Health, family support, federation conference, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, Musings from Susan's Desk, national federation | Comments Off on Musings from Susan’s Desk

Last month, I was fortunate to be able to attend the 25th annual Conference of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health in Washington, D.C.  Once again this year, November 18th, Policy Day, was the highlight of my conference experience.  This is a day where parents and youth, Board members, directors and staff of family support organizations and other conferees from across the United States join together to advocate for children’s mental health on Capitol Hill.  We spent the morning being updated on key legislation and shaping our advocacy strategies and messages, before...

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MUSINGS from Susan’s Desk

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Musings from Susan's Desk, Uncategorized | Comments Off on MUSINGS from Susan’s Desk

After Isla Vista: A glimmer of light. . . One week ago today, we were shocked and saddened by news of the killing of six young adults near Santa Barbara, CA by 22 year-old Elliot Rodger whose violent rampage ended with his death by suicide. Once again, we watched and listened as the news media reported the details of the incident and the life of the young perpetrator. So much of what we’ve heard and read about the tragedy in Isla Vista is maddeningly familiar, after Columbine and Virginia Tech, Aurora and Newtown. The isolation, anger, delusions and disintegration of a young man tormented...

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