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Raising Your Voice for Recovery: One Woman’s Journey from Treatment to Training

October 2, 2019 | Addictions | Recovery | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

As a long-time peer support trainer in Utah, Ginger knows how difficult navigating your own mental illness can be. At the age of 15, she regularly contemplated suicide. A few years later, after she was kicked out of college, she made several attempts to kill herself, leading to a stay at a state hospital. Over […]

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Reflections on Recovery: What Brad Pitt and I Have in Common

September 30, 2019 | Addictions | Recovery | Comments
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Vitka Eisen, MSW, Ed.D.

President and CEO of HealthRIGHT 360, and a board member of the National Council for Behavioral Health

Brad Pitt recently told The New York Times, “I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges.” As a former injection heroin user and the CEO of an organization that has treated tens of thousands of people for substance use disorder, I appreciate his candor. It helps […]

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A Story of Recovery: Beating Addiction One Moment at a Time

September 23, 2019 | Addictions | Treatment | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Hope is always within reach – even after hardship. Just ask Samantha, a 31-year-old mother who lost custody of her son in 2016 when she was struggling with addiction. In this interview, Samantha opens up about her journey from being homeless to helping others along their path to recovery. How did you move forward after […]

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Are You Struggling with Thoughts of Suicide?

September 20, 2019 | Suicide | Treatment | Comments
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Lisa Prather

Campaign Manager for the National Council for Behavioral Health

It’s a shocking question, isn’t it? I remember how hard it was the first time I asked a friend. I didn’t know how to make it sound neutral, nonchalant, non-judgmental and frankly … normal. Talking about suicide isn’t easy and not knowing what to say or how to say it can make you feel like […]

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Meeting Children and Youth’s Behavioral Health Needs Where They Are – in School

September 17, 2019 | Mental Health First Aid | Treatment | Comments
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Chris Stoner-Mertz

National Council board member and executive director of California Alliance of Child and Family Services

Summer is over and a new school year is kicking off. New school supplies, reconnecting with classmates and an opportunity to start fresh are among the things that kids look forward to as they ready themselves. But for plenty of students – and by plenty, I mean one in five – there are underlying mental […]

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Addressing the Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences

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Sara Coffey, D.O.

Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

Creating environments where all children can thrive is critical to building a healthier and happier future. In this article, Sara Coffey, D.O., a member of the National Council’s Medical Directors Institute, shares her insights into childhood trauma and thoughts on support systems. More and more, we are learning about the significance of Adverse Childhood Experiences […]

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Understanding Health Disparities in Migrant Communities

August 26, 2019 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Rene Hurtado

Chief of Staff for Emergence Health Network

From July 23-25, the National Council’s Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program visited Emergence Health Network, the mental health authority in El Paso, Texas, to explore the needs of local migrant families. In this special blog post, Rene Hurtado (pictured), chief of staff for Emergence Health Network, recounts the experience. The migrant experience in border communities […]

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Meeting Unaccompanied Minors Where They Are

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Jody Levison-Johnson and Jeremy C. Kohomban, Ph.D.

President and CEO of The Council on Accreditation, and President and CEO of The Children’s Village (respectively)

Since 2004, human service organizations have served thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children. With their support, the majority of these children were safely reunited with family or a sponsor in the U.S. However, recent media stories raise questions about the treatment and mental health needs of these children, who often suffer from fear, anxiety and depression. […]

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Back to School Doesn’t Have to Mean Back to Stigma

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Lisa Prather

Campaign Manager for the National Council for Behavioral Health

It was late one weekday. I had just gotten up from one of my long naps that characterized countless vain attempts to sleep away depressive thoughts. I got out of bed and took several steps to the door. Instantly, thoughts flooded my mind and the image of that kid at school who didn’t return my […]

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Minimizing Trauma and Maximizing Treatment for Migrant Children

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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Left unaddressed, the impacts of trauma can be far-reaching. That’s especially true for children who experience trauma at a young age. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, trauma can contribute to behavioral health and chronic physical health conditions, as well as poor verbal skills and learning disabilities, in children. But recovery is possible […]

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