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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Food Insecurity in Washington

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, King County, self care, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Food Insecurity in Washington

A look at hunger and food insecurity in Washington state and the rest of the country, and the network of resources and programs available to families in need in the Seattle area and beyond. Find Puget Sound and Washington food banks, financial resources and learn where to get help and how you can donate or help. A long be very helpful...

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How to Help a Grieving Friend: 11 Things to Do When You’re Not Sure What to Do

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Children's Mental Health, depression, family support, family support organization, self care, Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Help a Grieving Friend: 11 Things to Do When You’re Not Sure What to Do

Huffington Post, 10/24/14,  by Megan Devine I’ve been a therapist for more than 10 years. I worked in social services for the decade before that. I knew grief. I knew how to handle it in myself, and how to attend to it in others. When my partner drowned on a sunny day in 2009, I learned there was a lot more to grief than I’d known. Many people truly want to help a friend or family member who is experiencing a severe loss. Words often fail us at times like these, leaving us stammering for the right thing to say. Some people are so afraid to say or do the wrong thing, they choose...

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National Recovery Month 2014- Encouraging Education and Support from Friends

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in family support, Mental Illness, self care | Comments Off on National Recovery Month 2014- Encouraging Education and Support from Friends

September is National Recovery Month in our country. How will you celebrate it? Findings from the 2006 HealthStyles Survey reveal that only around one-quarter of young adults between the ages of 18 -24 believe that a person with mental illness can eventually recover. Only 42 percent of Americans believe that a person with mental illness can be as successful at work as others. Only a little more than half (54%) of young adults who know someone with a mental illness believe that treatment can help people with mental illnesses lead normal lives. Despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of...

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