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From Rock Bottom to Recovery – CCBHCs Save Lives

Nicholas Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Aaron Keller (left), with from Ozark Center staff. Aaron Keller had hit rock bottom. He started using methamphetamines when he was 13. After marrying at 18, he began selling drugs to support his habit. In a single year, Aaron was arrested more than 20 times. At 24, he was sent to prison for 26 months […]

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CCBHCs: Serving Those Who Serve Us

Cory Gunkel

Social Media Manager, National Council for Behavioral Health

About 20 veterans a day die by suicide, and fewer than 50 percent of our returning service members who need mental health care receive it. The statistics are as startling as they are revealing. As veterans return and transition back into civilian life, they too often suffer in silence or reach out for help in […]

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They’ve Given Us Their Best – It’s Time to Give Them Our Best

November 9, 2018 | Veterans | Comments

Jeannie Campbell

Executive Vice President & COO, National Council for Behavioral Health

On November 11, Veterans Day, we honor our heroes – the men and women who answered the call to military service. We remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication and say thank you for their sacrifices. As a 22-year Navy veteran, I can tell you how much this day of remembrance means to veterans […]

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Stepping Out of the Vacuum and Into the Community

October 18, 2018 | Mental Health First Aid | Comments

Michael Allora

Retired Deputy Fire Chief and Mental Health First Aid Instructor

The following post originally ran on the Mental Health First Aid Blog. We don’t provide our services in a vacuum. We are people who provide services to other people. And like many first responders across the country, the Clifton Fire Department in Clifton, N.J., is seeing an increasing number of calls from people who are […]

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The Many Faces of Mental Illness

September 24, 2018 | Mental Health First Aid | Suicide | Comments

Nicholas Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health.

The following post originally ran on the Mental Health First Aid Blog. The face of mental illness can be deceptive, hidden behind big smiles, wide eyes and exuberant expressions forced into place to avoid detection. Millions of people every day wear a rehearsed look of “all is right with the world.” Many muster the courage […]

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What Comes Next? How To Find the Right Therapist

September 21, 2018 | Mental Health First Aid | Comments

Franziska Ross

National Council for Behavioral Health

The following post originally ran on the Mental Health First Aid Blog. Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to understand, recognize and respond to people who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis and connect people to care, if necessary. But what happens after people make the decision to see a […]

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Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s CCBHC Story

Pahoua K. Yang

Vice President, Community Mental Health and Wellness, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

When Cha* was brought to us at the Wilder Foundation, he was out of control and struggling with addiction. He was homeless, had no insurance, no job and no path to recovery. His parents, who were his main support, didn’t speak English.  They didn’t know much about substance use or mental health disorders, but they […]

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National Council Partners With Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Offer Youth Mental Health First Aid

September 11, 2018 | Mental Health First Aid | Suicide | Comments

Susan Milstrey Wells

National Council for Behavioral Health

The following blog originally ran on the Mental Health First Aid Blog. The National Council for Behavioral Health is proud to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to train local club staff in Youth Mental Health First Aid. The eight-hour course teaches parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and […]

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One Man’s Story of Incarceration to Healing and Addiction to Recovery

September 10, 2018 | Addictions | Comments

Ramon Cruz

Peer Specialist

The blog below originally ran on the Mental Health First Aid Blog. Hi, my name is Ramon Cruz and I am a person in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. For many years, I carried a good deal of anger and resentment so, instead of addressing my issues, I turned to using drugs. […]

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Are You Ready to Answer the Call? Join the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Today!

September 6, 2018 | Addictions | Suicide | Comments

Linda Rosenberg

President & CEO, National Council for Behavioral Healt

This post originally ran on Linda’s Corner Office blog. Someone in this country dies by suicide every 12 minutes. But suicide deaths are not inevitable. For every person who dies by suicide, 278 individuals think seriously about suicide but do not die. During National Recovery Month, we must focus on keeping people alive so they […]

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