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7 Tips for Beating the Holiday Blues

December 22, 2014 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments
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Betsy Schwartz

Vice President, Public Education and Special Initiatives

I recently arrived at Union Station greeted by Santa ringing a bell and shouting, “Merry Christmas. Everybody smile…remember it will be over in 2 weeks!” ‘Tis the season…do you feel extra pressure to be filled with joy? While this is a time of year for remembering the special moments of the past year and sharing gratitude […]

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Are There Reasons Behind Bad Behavior?

December 11, 2014 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments
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Cheryl Sharp

Senior Advisor for Trauma-Informed Services

Trauma is not an excuse for behavior, but it can be a reason for it.  Mike Tyson’s recent declaration that he was sexually abused as a child suggests that his early experiences might have contributed to a life defined by rage and violence. Tyson spoke of his experience during an awkward interview on Opie Radio, […]

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Bringing Trauma-informed Care to Scale

November 20, 2014 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments
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Cheryl Sharp

Senior Advisor for Trauma-Informed Services

“Trauma-informed care is a hot issue these days. Everybody is talking about it… but not everyone knows exactly what it is or exactly what it takes to do it well. So that’s why we’re here.” With those words, Carmela DeCandia, Director of the National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institutes of Research, kicked […]

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CROSS TRAINING? NO SWEAT.

November 10, 2014 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments

Alicia Aebersold

Senior VP, Communications & Strategic Development

I went to the gym last week for the first time in a while. I checked in, got a towel and was headed to the studio for a class when I saw it was closed. Instead, there were 15 gym employees sitting in a semicircle listening to an instructor. CPR dummies were lined up on […]

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#YouMatter

September 10, 2014 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments
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Heather Cobb

Sr. Director, Creative & Strategy, National Council for Behavioral Health

As summer ends and as we observe National Suicide Prevention Week, the University of Southern California School of Social Work launched You Matter, an early intervention campaign designed to foster well-being and bring back some much-needed human connection.

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The Power of 1: One click, one call, one text — one life.

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Jeannie Campbell

NCBH, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Every year, our country recognizes September as Suicide Prevention Month. This year, the Veterans Crisis Line asks you to think about the power of one and consider the many ways a single act can give veterans access to confidential support and resources.

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What’s Behind a Remarkable Crisis Services Program?

Heather Cobb

Sr. Director, Creative & Strategy, National Council for Behavioral Health

In March, a desperate young mother called the Behavioral Health Response (BHR) crisis line in eastern Missouri. The five-year-old boy she and her family were adopting was acting aggressively and couldn’t be calmed. Right away, BHR sent a mobile crisis team to the family’s home. They made an appointment for the boy and his mother […]

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A Moment to Celebrate

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Bob Bennett

Chief Executive Officer, The Felton Institute

Hear what Bob Bennett, CEO of the Award of Excellence-winning program, PREP, has to say about advances in treatments for mental illness and the need for greater access.

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Submit Your Session Ideas for National Council Conference

November 19, 2013 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments
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Heather Cobb

Sr. Director, Creative & Strategy, National Council for Behavioral Health

The National Council Conference is looking for cutting-edge session ideas. Share your input to create a conference experience that engages, challenges, and educates behavioral health leaders.

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Stumped on Trauma Treatment? Start with the Brain, Says Bruce Perry

September 9, 2013 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments
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Cheryl Sharp

Exclusive Consultant for Trauma Informed Care Initiatives, National Council for Behavioral Health

When I travel the country providing trainings and consultation to behavioral health providers on building trauma-informed systems of care, I see that providers struggle with trauma treatment. Trauma is multi-dimensional and affects many areas of a person’s life — education, health, mental health, substance use, and social connections. Each area involves a different perspective and […]

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