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When “Business as Usual” Doesn’t Work for Young Adults: What Is a Service Provider or Researcher to Do?

Posted on February 01, 2019
When it comes to engaging young adults with lived experience in services, we’ve all heard the same old, frustrated message…
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A Mother Relies on Her “Connections” to Navigate the Complexities of In-Patient Hospitalization for a Child in Crisis. But What If Those Connections Did Not Exist?

Posted on December 17, 2018
Note: In this essay, the author uses “They” pronouns when describing “Mia.” The text came in late in the afternoon.…
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Family Voice Speaks to Behavioral Health Needs of Children and Youth

Posted on November 28, 2018
Family Champion Susan Graham wrote the creative narrative that appears below to give voice to the emotion-filled stories of family…
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Empowering Communities Through Yoga, Mindfulness, and Self-Care

Posted on October 29, 2018
What happens when three friends, fresh out of college, are sitting around contemplating the meaning of life? When those three…
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Surviving a School Tragedy and Returning Back to Class

Posted on October 18, 2018
I remember as a kid when I used to get excited for a new school year. I would look forward…
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Some People Punch the Clock in Federal Bureaucracies – Not Paolo del Vecchio

Posted on October 13, 2018
On October 10, 2018, Paolo del Vecchio, Director, Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services…
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Mindfulness Programs for Children

Posted on October 12, 2018
Mindfulness programs for children are popping up around the United States and in Europe. Most programs are school-based and are…
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Helping Ellie Save America from Addictions and Mental Illnesses: Using Practical Science and Community Engagement Across America

Posted on October 07, 2018
On Friday, August 17, I tuned into Assistant Secretary Dr. Elinor McCance-Katz’s SAMSHA’s stakeholder call.  Most all of the questions…
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Alternative Facts, Fake Truths and Mental Health: Are You Kidding Me?

Posted on September 26, 2018
When my son was 8 years old, his psychiatrist taught me to say, “My eyes don’t see that, honey.” I…