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The Influence of Suicide Contagion in Pop Culture

In the last few months, there has been a lot of conversations about teen suicide, primarily driven by a new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. Experts have both praised the series for providing a focal point for discussing teen suicide and condemned it for glamorizing self-destruction. There are a lot of resources readily available (including below) that guide conversations about suicide, so I’m going to take a different angle in this post. The core concern about this series is whether…

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Becoming a Foster Parent: Are You Ready?

With hundreds of thousands of children of all ages in foster care, there’s huge need for more foster families. Perhaps you’ve thought about fostering before, but fear of the unknown has stopped you from going for it. There’s no doubt that fostering children is a special and fulfilling opportunity. It’s a chance to provide a child a safe, secure living environment and to positively shape and mold their life. The decision to foster is an important one that affects both you and the children you care for.…

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May is Mental Health Month

Since 1949, the United States have observed May as National Mental Health Month, bringing to light the epidemic that affects millions of Americans. Mental Health America, along with other organizations, dedicates the entire month to share information on how to achieve positive mental health, provide helpful resources, and to bring awareness to the topic of mental health. What is Mental Health? According to MentalHealth.gov, mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being; It affects how we think, feel, and…

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Stepping Through the Intersection of Innovation and Action at #NatCon17

National Council for Behavioral Health’s #NatCon17 was THE place to be in Seattle, Washington, over April 3-5 where we joined thousands of others in making strides for the progress of behavioral health care in America. At our Netsmart booth, visitors had the chance to join us on our journey as we take STEPS towards integrating care across communities. Our booth was jam-packed with interactive features that informed, educated, entertained and included something for everyone who visited. Throughout the exhibition, we…

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Attending #NATCON17? Let’s be sure to connect!

It’s not long now until one of the most exciting conferences in behavioral health, NATCON17 starts! Join National Council for Behavioral Health, Netsmart and thousands of attendees April 3-5 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, where we’ll convene at the “Intersection of Innovation and Action.” We’re excited to partner with you on the path to take steps to integrate care. Let’s work together to make an impact on caring for the whole person. Are you ready? Where to…

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Progress… The Anna Westin Act Passes

I want to pause for a moment, to recognize the historical impact of yesterday’s passing of the 21st Century Cures and Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, including key provisions from the Anna Westin Act of 2015. Those of us at Netsmart are fortunate to know Anna’s family and have had the opportunity to help tell their story over the last few years. Anna’s mother, Kitty Westin, spoke at our 2015 Connections and reminded us of the importance of the mission…

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Impossible – Amazing Stories of Recovery

It’s been rejuvenating to read all the stories being shared as part of Recovery Month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) annual effort to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. Being reminded of others successes is integral to creating an authentic atmosphere of hope for clinicians and their patients alike. We all feed off each other. That’s what community is about. In my 15-plus years as a licensed,…

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The Value of Becoming 1 in a Million – The Mental Health First Aid Movement

It only took eight hours, but it’s changed my perspective on how I see people I interact with in my work and personal life. Recently my co-workers and I used one of our two volunteer days (what Netsmart calls EveryDayMatters Days) to take the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course and learn more about mental illness and how to help people going through difficult times.  Netsmart is among only a handful of companies nationwide offering this training directly to their associates…

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Home for the Holidays

“When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze For the holidays, you can’t beat home, sweet home.”   When we hear those words from Perry Como crooned over loudspeakers in a local mall or through our car radios we picture different things: the serviceman or woman wishing they could be with their families … or perhaps a traveling salesman trying to get back to his wife and kids. At KVC, we tend to think of particular children waiting…

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