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Communicating Difficult Topic ~ Afghanistan

With the situation occurring in Afghanistan, many soldiers are stressed and struggling. If the soldier is a parent, this stress can transmit directly to their families. Children are like a barometer; they measure pressure within a family. When a parent is stressed or...

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Suicide Prevention: Get The Facts

By Lacey Thompson, Behavioral Health Program Director September often marks the winding down of summer, back to school and the beginning of a new routine. September is also Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This month is a great time to rise awareness on such a...

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September Mission Moment – Suicide Prevention Month

By Mike Huntley, Executive Director Thank you all for taking a few extra minutes to read and digest this month’s newsletter. It contains important information on a variety of resources related to suicide prevention. Please read them and increase your awareness on what...

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Back to School

Mike Huntley, Executive Director   This is the time to begin the back-to-school transitions to help kids be more successful.  It is recommended that families help their kids begin adjusting from summer-time bedtimes towards those all-important school-time bedtimes. ...

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Summer Curfews

By Ravi Roelfs, Diversion Staff It’s summertime!  - and maybe that means each of us do some of our favorite things- like go to a baseball game.  After over a year of staying inside to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19, everyone is aching to get out and “Go the...

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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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