Depression when growing older is not uncommon…nor is it untreatable

It’s surprising that so many people refer to our older years as our golden ones. Growing older can be difficult. We tend to experience more illness and less stamina. Plus, our 50s, 60s and beyond tend to be full of big life changes. We or our spouses may retire, we may become empty nesters or […]

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Difficult conversations with children require forethought

For all life’s joys, it also brings its share of challenges, including when it comes to having difficult conversations with children. As parents, we hope to postpone many of those challenges for our children, but they come sooner or later. The way we talk with our children through difficult conversations and times can make a […]

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Improve memory and forget ‘senior moments’

When you consider what’s happening in most people’s lives in their 40s and 50s, it’s no wonder they struggle to remember everything they’d like. At this point in life, people often find themselves tending to aging parents and raising adolescent children all at the same time their careers are peaking. Complicating matters, the information age […]

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13 Reasons Why discussion guide offers help for parents

When “13 Reasons Why” aired its first season last year, teens watched—so much so that season two is now running. The show deals with heavy topics of teen depression and suicide and how others’ actions may contribute. If teens want to watch the show (other children are probably too young), parents should watch with them […]

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Teenage turmoil: it really is all in their heads

If you’re the parent of an adolescent, you know the joy: moodiness, defiance, confusion and reckless behaviors interspersed with the sweet child you used to know. It can be frustrating, tiring and nerve-wrecking, but it’s just nature at work. More specifically it’s your child’s brain at work, creating a swirling tsunami of electrical pathways—with a […]

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Your Child’s Mental Health: Five Questions to Ask Yourself

by Alicia Skiles, MS, NCC, LPC, SAC-IT, Professional Counselor What were you thinking? Why do you keep doing that? These are questions you have probably asked your children out of frustration. Their behavior is sometimes difficult to understand because, unlike adults, children are not as good at regulating their emotions. Whatever the case, it can […]

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How much do you really know about mental health?

A lot of us think we know a lot about mental health and common disorders. But how many myths can separate from fact? Take this quiz to find out.

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Infographic shares hard facts about foster care

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Start the Conversations to Change the Way Mental Health is Viewed: Mental Health Awareness Month

Kathy Rohr, Director of Adult Programs, Wisconsin During the month of May, people and organizations across the country are bringing awareness to mental health. As one of the primary providers of mental health services in our area, Family & Children’s Center wants to recognize this month and share some thoughts on how we can all work […]

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Giving Creates a Legacy of Mental Health

Dave and Barb Skogen creating mental health legacy What others have given before us, is what we have today and what links one generation to the next, is what we give to provide for future generations. That sentiment is what Dave and Barb Skogen learned years ago and have carried forward their entire lives. Dave […]

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