Adaptability and Determination During the Age of Coronavirus

by Ralph Ables, LMSW, NGPG Social Worker How our lives have changed in such a short time! A few months ago, we were going out to eat, celebrating with friends and going to work or school. There were days playing in the park, going to the movies, and celebrating the [...]

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Dealing with Information Overload

By Mitch Clarke, Director of News and Content, WDUN I was a big fan of the comic strip “Shoe,” about a bunch of birds who worked at a newspaper. Naturally, a lot of the strips hit home for me, a guy who has spent close to 40 years working in [...]

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Missing “My Kids”

by Suzanne Cindea, 3rd Grade Teacher, Gainesville City School System and GCSS Teacher of the Year Morning meetings, hugs from students, comprehension discussions, small group instruction, read alouds, lunch bunch, math talks, recess, and science experiments are just a few of the normal occurrences daily in my third grade classroom. [...]

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Staying Focused When the World Around You Isn’t

By Dr. Mac Hafele, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, NGHS Employee Assistance & Wellbeing Programs In the midst of the COVID-19 of social distancing, avoiding touch, and often working from home, it can be really difficult to stay focused, get work done, and manage stress. There are challenges for supervisors as well [...]

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Troubled or Intrigued?

by Rev. Cynthia Park, LPC, PhD, Grace Episcopal Church We have become so used to our “binary” mindsets that we forget it is possible to experience very different emotions simultaneously. It doesn’t mean there is something peculiar about us if during this quarantine we feel both anxious about what is [...]

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Weathering the Storm

By Jeff Thompson, Retired Director of Pastoral Care, Northeast Georgia Health System Hall County has a history of resiliency through storms. On June 1, 1913 a tornado hit Hall county. It caused massive destruction and 104 people lost their lives. There were over 200 injured. The community was devastated. Over the next days and [...]

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Behavioral Health and Community Wellness

As I drive out of my neighborhood, I see firetrucks, police and EMTs scramble to extinguish a house fire, rescue the residents and their pets. As the neighbors and I watch in shock, I’m wondering what happened to cause this house fire? Later, I find out the woman living in [...]

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The Hub Provides Much-Needed Resources to Students and Their Families

The pressures of fitting in, being accepted, or excelling in grades/sports are typical middle and high school stressors we survived. If we know these typical stressors can compromise our ability to learn or make sound decisions, suffering from a mental health issue on top of “the norm” can derail even [...]

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Mental Wellness…Reading the Signs in Middle & High Schoolers

Who stole my child and replaced them with an alien? Anxious, rebellious, irritable, moody, distant...Some of this behavior from your child during adolescence (roughly ages 12 - 25) is COMPLETELY normal. So how do you know the difference between normal adolescent development and when your middle- or high-school age child [...]

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Mental Health Starts Early

“Boys will be boys.” How many times have we heard this age-old adage to explain a young male’s rambunctious behavior? As a mother of many boys, I myself used this logic from time to time to explain behaviors that may not have been perfect (we’re all imperfect, and that’s ok). [...]

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