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Mission Moment

By Myron Bailey Board of Directors Chair At the Youth Service Bureau - We strive to provide youth and families the support they need around mental health concerns, substance abuse prevention, bullying, truancy issues, and youth that found their way into the justice...

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Through My Eyes – EB

By EB For me distance learning was a pain. It was difficult to get help from teachers and it was harder to focus without the accountability that in-person learning provides. At first, it wasn’t so bad though; I came out of the first semester with all As and I was...

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Summer Substance Use

By Meghan Heffner, Chemical Health Specialist What a year it has been for students, parents, and educators. We certainly have a reason to celebrate summer break! However, research shows that the most common time for teens to try a new substance is during the summer....

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Family In Motion

By Cynthia Doth, MA LADC LPCC Outreach Mgr, Substance Use Support Specialist, Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation Link to Professional Bio The family is a system and is in constant motion. The family, as a whole,is continually seeking balance. Each individual affects the...

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When Alcohol, Summer and Teens Intersect…

By Kim Richardson, Woodbury PD Who doesn’t love a Minnesota summer? One could head to the cabin, go camping at a state park, go swimming in one of our 10,000 lakes, have a bonfire or simply relax on a patio with a nice cold beverage. But what happens when that cold...

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Through My Eyes by EL

By EL Just a few months ago, the first thing I would do each morning was check the daily COVID statistics. At the time, I felt compelled to always “be in the know,” yet as infection rates climbed at alarming rates, I realized that starting my days in this way came at...

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May is Mental Health Month

By Rebekah Windschitl, Youth & Family Therapist Many children have experienced significant amounts of stress and anxiety within the past year. As a therapist, I have noticed that the number one issue I see in my office is anxiety, and my caseload is the highest it...

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Through My Eyes -DJ

By DJ, a local elementary school student “How is distance learning going? Ummm, it's been going..I don't know. It's mostly miserable. And stressful--the assignments and having to remember to do classes. In real school, there's a teacher there in person to make you do...

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April is the Month of Awareness

By Meghan Heffner While April signifies a time of renewal and extra sunshine, April is also dedicated to bringing light to the realities of sexually transmitted infections (STI), sexual assault, and alcohol abuse. Unfortunately, these three have much more in common...

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Should I Let my Teen Drink in my Home?

By Taila Ward If you are the parent to a teenager, I am sure you have had the thought “maybe I should let my teen drink in my home, because at least I know they are safe and not out with friends or driving.” While this is true and is a way of controlling the...

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