Transgender Students Learn To Navigate School Halls

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Bullying, Children's Mental Health, young adults | Comments Off on Transgender Students Learn To Navigate School Halls

A wonderfully, readable story of transgender students from The first time I learned that gender could be fluid was in sex ed in the ninth grade. I remember the teacher mumbling under her breath that some people don’t identify their gender with the biological sex they were born with. At the time it didn’t faze me because I’d never known anyone who’d talked about it or felt that way. But now, three years later, I have a 16-year-old classmate who’s transgender. His name is Jace McDonald. For the rest of the story please go to: ...

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Police Engagement Workshop

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Children's Mental Health, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, Parent Class, Volunteers, young adults | Comments Off on Police Engagement Workshop

Guided Pathways -Support for Youth & Families is one of many youth- and family-serving organizations concerned about the school to jail pipeline and police use of force against youth of color and those who struggle with emotional, behavioral and substance abuse challenges. In partnership with Atlantic Street Center, Guided Pathways is leading a series of community conversations on these issues. The first of the series began last week with a parent class on involvement with police. Police Engagement Workshop, by Samantha-Jo Fry, GPS Social Media Volunteer The Atlantic Street Family center...

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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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The Fear of a Black Mother

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Children's Mental Health, family support, young adults | Comments Off on The Fear of a Black Mother

In light of the trouble in Ferguson, this week’s blog comes from Parent Map ( , August 16 2014, The Fear of a Black Mother – by Reine Solomon “I need to teach my son how to stay alive when he interacts with police” The events surrounding the death of Michael Brown have been criticized and overanalyzed by all sides. No one seems to be able to wrap their heads around this tragedy, and I sincerely hope that the community is able to find peace and heal in the shadow of this child’s terrible death. Out of this tragedy, I was given an important...

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Youth Depression Thrives on Silence

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Children's Mental Health, depression, family support, Mental Illness, young adults | Comments Off on Youth Depression Thrives on Silence

We found a great article in New America Media about cultural differences in Youth Depression and mental health as well as the effect of the Affordable Care Act on mental health for youth in California.—california-data-show-shocking-impact-of-mental-disorders.php The Affordable Care Act will provide one of the largest expansions of mental health and substance use disorder coverage in a generation, by requiring that health insurance plans on the Health Insurance Marketplaces cover mental health and substance use...

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Building Cirlces of Wellness

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in depression, family support, family support organization, GPS for Youth and Families, Mental Illness, young adults | Comments Off on Building Cirlces of Wellness

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Month theme is ‘Building Circles of Wellness’.  As the month winds down to a close, I am reflecting on the theme’s appropriateness and connection to the work we’ve done this month, the work we do throughout the year and the work that remains undone and greatly needed to harness recovery, resilience and wellness for ourselves and our loved ones. The circle is a universal symbol found in all cultures.  A circle implies movement and symbolizes the cycle of time. It represents all cyclic motion, timelessness, the infinite, wholeness, totality,...

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