Category - Grief

13 Reasons Why Not

Ryan Knutson, MS, CSAC, LPC-IT, Professional Counselor                                                There has been a lot of hype in the media surrounding the recent Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. The hype comes from the fact that the series revolves around a very delicate topic. That topic is suicide—more specifically, teenage suicide. Rather than go into detail about points from […]

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Suicide Awareness in the La Crosse Community

Alicia Skiles, MS, NCC, GCDF, Professional Counselor The 10th Annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Event will be held Tuesday evening on September 15th from 6pm-7:30 at Riverside Park in La  Crosse. It is free and open to the public. The purpose of the event is in the title; it is to cultivate awareness about this very […]

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Substance Use Disorders: A Complex Brain Disease

Melony Hansen, MA, CSW, CSAC, IDP-IT, Substance Abuse Counselor at Family & Children’s Center According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual […]

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Death and Dying – Talking to Your Children

Talking to your child about death can be difficult. But death is an inescapable part of life, and healthy communication around the topic can make a big difference in a child’s ability to cope when faced with the reality of it. Though you may be tempted to wait until your child experiences the death of […]

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Coping with Pregnancy Loss

Many people are surprised to learn how common pregnancy loss is. Estimates indicate one-third of all pregnancies will end in miscarriage or stillbirth. But doctors believe the figure is probably higher with many women miscarrying even before they know they’re pregnant. Those figures, unfortunately, suggest that many women and their partners will experience pregnancy loss. […]

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