Articles

Below are some useful articles written by past & present employees.

Mental Illness Awareness Week: October 6 – October 12, 2019

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Borrowed from the National Alliance for Mental Illness The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) has designed the week of October 6th as Mental Illness Awareness Week. So what is mental illness? It is a condition that can affect someone’s thinking, behavior or mood. It may also affect the ability to relate well to others, […]

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How to Argue in front of Kids

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

It is absolutely okay to argue in front of kids – but within reason and with some boundaries! First, it’s important to understand that if children grow up seeing their parents never argue, then they themselves may become conflict-averse. As we know, you cannot avoid conflict completely, nor is that advisable. So while it may […]

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Helping Children Cope with the Threat of Violence

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Written by Hannah Evenson, clinical social work intern It has become clear that gone are the days where we can consider our schools to be the safest space for our children as countless threats of violence seem to happen around the country almost weekly. So what can we do as a community to combat this […]

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S.P.E.A.K.: Suicide, Prevention, Education, Awareness and Knowledge

Monday, March 25th, 2019

The Brighton Youth Commission (BYC) is a body of 22 youth and 6 adults who are appointed by the Brighton City Council to study matters and plan events impacting youth and families in the City of Brighton. One of their biggest projects is SPEAK Week. SPEAK (Suicide Prevention Education and Knowledge) started in 2012 after the death […]

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Healthy Coping & Holiday Stress

Monday, November 19th, 2018

by Rachel Morici-Leirer, LPC It is no mystery that the holidays can bring up depression, loss and overwhelm. The effects are understandable; holidays bring about increased demands, pressure, financial stress and perhaps grief and longing, especially when we have lost a loved one. Let’s focus on what you can do to minimize the holiday blues […]

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Feeling SAD About Shorter Days?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Feeling SAD About Shorter Days? by Patricia Summers, Marriage & Family Therapy Intern For many people, autumn is their favorite time of year with its crisp air, the aroma of fallen leaves, and the return of longer, cooler nights. For others, however, the shortening of daylight hours in our northern hemisphere brings with what many […]

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Walking with Others through Grief

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Walking with Others through Grief By Jody Pierce, Executive Director In memory of all who we’ve lost. We all have experienced some kind of loss, whether it was the loss of a loved one, friend, neighbor or special pet. But it is often difficult to know how to be present for someone else who is […]

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Managing No-School Mondays

Monday, July 30th, 2018

The scramble is on. With Brighton School District 27-J moving to a 4-day student contact week, single parents and couples working outside the home must figure out who will care for their grade-school-age children on Mondays. Our children are unique and so are available options.  Paticia Dischler, former president of the National Association for Family […]

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Easing the transition of a move

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Easing the transition of a Move   “Home is wherever you are… together.” -Alma Powell Moving can be quite stressful as it triggers the bittersweet memories within us of letting go and moving on. The mixed emotions in saying goodbye and starting fresh and new. Children may be hit hard as they adjust to changing […]

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Just Ask: Preventing Suicide

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

In light of the recent celebrity suicides, you may be asking yourself what to do if you suspect that a friend or loved one is struggling with thoughts of ending their life. The topic of suicide can be very overwhelming and it’s understandable to feel at a loss of what to do about it. We […]

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