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Mental Health Promotion Day - May 20, 2017

Posted On: 05/19/2017

Nutso. Mental. Looney tunes. Crazy. Bi-Polar. Schizo. Borderline. Loose cannon. Unhinged. Problem child. (And there are so many more I could list here...)


The Surgeon General’s Report: Facing Addiction In America

Posted On: 04/07/2017

The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health is a comprehensive (and long) summary of the state of addiction and substances in the United States...


Teens & Substance Abuse: A Symptom of the Deeper Struggle

Posted On: 03/08/2017

As an addiction counselor for many years prior to entering graduate school to pursue a career in Social Work, I predominately worked with teens,...


Headquarters Counseling Center Introduction

Posted On: 03/08/2017

Headquarters Counseling Center , or Headquarters, Inc, is a “community of Board of Directors Members, Advisors, Volunteer Counselors, and Professional Staff...


CADCA Forum 2017 Recap

Posted On: 03/08/2017

National Harbor, Maryland is a tiny waterfront town whose streets are lined with eclectic shops, statues, and art pieces. It sits just on the outskirts of Washington, D.C....


Teen Dating Violence And Trauma

Posted On: 03/02/2017

A woman, just 20-years-old when she walked into her first therapy appointment, sat on the suede couch with her eyes downcast and her shoulders hunched forward...


Teaching Youth Self-Care

Posted On: 03/02/2017

"Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see the judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your voice...


Holiday Survival Guide: Precious Gifts

Posted On: 12/16/2016

I’m a planner. I can’t get around it. I’ve scheduled some time to work on this practice of mine so it can cause less problems, but that part of my plan is assigned to the Tuesday of the second week in February...


Holiday Survival Guide: Recovery In The Now

Posted On: 12/16/2016

I’m going to ask for a little audience participation, so bear with me for a few. Just a few questions. Easy, right?...


Holiday Survival Guide: Your Sacred Ground

Posted On: 12/16/2016

Setting—and keeping—boundaries is hard work, especially for those of us whose primary concern has always been for the well-being and happiness of others. We want others to have a good time and feel loved and cared for...


Holiday Survival Guide: Managing Triggers

Posted On: 11/30/2016

Ugh. The holidays. There’s a lot of information out there on holiday stress and how to manage things like overspending, overeating, and sitting around the table...


Holiday Survival Guide: Gratitude

Posted On: 11/18/2016

The holidays are rough. This season that is supposed to be full of family, giving, and celebration often leaves us feeling stressed and exhausted...


On the Wrong Road: Stigma and Mental Illness

Posted On: 10/12/2016

I passed a hitchhiker on the road yesterday. He was holding a cardboard sign that said “Tulsa Oklahoma.” While that’s not an unusual sight here in Wichita, what I found ironic was that he was holding...


Your Space: Family Day Ways in Every Day

Posted On: 09/22/2016

Last night, I had the opportunity to drive my middle child to and from her first volleyball practice of the year, and I loved it. She talked almost the whole way, and I loved it. The times she wasn’t talking...


Getting By, Getting Back, and Getting On - Exploring the implications of the STARS study for personal recovery

Posted On: 09/22/2016

September is National Recovery month. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) sponsors this event as an effort to, “increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.”...


Just Like You Said It Would Be

Posted On: 09/22/2016

Something weird has been happening to me over the last several months...


World Suicide Prevention Day

Posted On: 09/09/2016

This week I've shared a lot of information about suicide prevention. As the last day of the blog's recognition of Suicide Prevention Week, and in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th, I want to share just a little more with you....


Veterans and Suicide Prevention

Posted On: 09/09/2016

Over 220,000 Kansans identify as veterans with nearly 173,000 of them identifying as having served during wartime. An August 2016 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) report titled Suicide Among Veterans and Other Americans- 2001-2014...


Vulnerable Populations & Suicide Prevention

Posted On: 09/09/2016

Populations at heightened risk for suicide include the elderly, those between 45 and 64 years old, and those who identify as American Indian or Alaska Native. Today we'll explore these populations, how you can help, and resources for each...


Youth and Suicide Prevention

Posted On: 09/09/2016

Earlier this week I shared about suicide in the United States in the post Connect. Communicate. Care. Today, I want to address issues with suicide and youth...


Suicide and Safe Media Messaging

Posted On: 09/06/2016

There is a natural human tendency to search out the cause of a seemingly inexplicable event. When a person takes their own life, the natural reaction of many, including the media, is to try to piece together what may have led to this loss...


Connect. Communicate. Care.

Posted On: 09/02/2016

Did you know suicide affects over 7 million Americans each year? In the United States, 50% more people die by suicide than by homicide. National Suicide Prevention Week begins September 5th and runs through September 11th...


Your Space: Shaping Strong, Safe Places for Children to Learn

Posted On: 08/11/2016

The best learning I did was a direct result of the space teachers created in which I was invited to learn new things, and learn to want to learn more...


Prepping for Fall

Posted On: 08/03/2016

Hello, everyone! It's hard to imagine in the sweltering heat of mid-July, but fall is just around the corner and with it comes a long parade of opportunities to raise awareness in your community. We'll have blogs and social media posts addressing...


Preventing Post-Traumatic Stress In Children Through Attachment

Posted On: 07/01/2016

Let's talk about trauma. What is it? Our Trauma-Informed Systems of Care team at the Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute likes to define it as any event or experience that overwhelms an individual's internal resources...


Resilience Building and PTSD Prevention

Posted On: 06/24/2016

June is National Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, a time for us to turn our focus to PTSD and view it through the lens of prevention...


Greenbush/The Center for Learning Tree Institute (LTI) Introduction

Posted On: 06/09/2016

The Center for Learning Tree Institute (LTI), a supporting organization of Greenbush, provides a wide range of services for the Kansas Prevention Collaborative...


Love, Support, Advocate: Relationships & Mental Health

Posted On: 05/26/2016

Whoever you are, I'm willing to bet that you love someone experiencing mental health struggles. Maybe a parent, a friend, a partner, or even yourself (and I do hope you love yourself with the same kindness and loyalty you want from and give to others)...


Prevention Snapshot: Building Resiliency in the Military

Posted On: 05/23/2016

Jeremiah Raymo is a man accustomed to telling his story. A veteran of the Iraq War (he served in the Army from 2002-2007 and was deployed to Iraq from 2004-2005), he was...


Advocacy in the Information Age

Posted On: 05/06/2016

Advocacy is a word that comes up frequently during Mental Health Month. It gets thrown about by legislators and proponents of better healthcare-but what does it mean to those of us who find ourselves in a less visible position?


Whose Job is It, Anyway?

Posted On: 11/06/2015

Partners, Hello! I hope this finds you well and doing good. I'd like to introduce myself and my offer of dialogue and connection. My goal for this blog space is to share...


Why Coalitions?

Posted On: 11/06/2015

Coalitions are simply a group of individuals and/or organizations that work together to make their communities a better place to live. Often coalitions are organized around a single issue or event.


What is Behavioral Health Promotion?

Posted On: 11/06/2015

Coalitions are simply a group of individuals and/or organizations that work together to make their communities a better place to live. Often coalitions are organized around a single issue or event.


Walker Johnson's Success Story

Posted On: 12/15/2015

Hi. My name is Walker Johnson. I am now a senior, and an ambassador of Communities that Care. I'd like to start from the start, back to 8th grade. At this time, everything was changing; On top of that, I...


KDADS Prevention Introduction

Posted On: 12/18/2015

On July 1, 2012, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) came into being as a result of Governor Sam Brownback's executive reorganization order that merged the former Department on Aging with the Disability…


KU Work Group and Greenbush Introduction

Posted On: 11/06/2015

Helping people live healthy lives. Life can get better, and promotion prevents the risk of disease and things getting worse. All people face hard times and it helps people cope and find help. It builds...


Community Engagement Institute Introduction

Posted On: 01/05/2016

The Community Engagement Institute takes a comprehensive approach to behavioral health promotion and prevention, joining hands with community members across the state. We work with the Kansas Prevention Collaborative to...


DCCCA Introduction

Posted On: 12/14/2015

DCCCA's role in the Kansas Prevention Collaborative is to coordinate training and technical assistance for community coalitions. This includes...


Keys for Networking, Inc. Introduction

With the Kansas Prevention Collaborative, Keys for Networking provides: Outreach and information to families via Facebook. Please share this page with family members and friends whose children/adolescents have severe mental health and/or substance abuse issues, educational needs as a result of...


NAMI Kansas Introduction

With our affiliates, we provide programs of education, support, and advocacy for people living with mental illness, their families and friends. See our listing of affiliates and support groups, their contact information and meeting schedules at the Affiliates & Support Groups tab. Group information is subject to change. Contact the local group...