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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Mental Health is Community Health

After decades of working in addiction and mental health, I can say one thing with absolute confidence: everyone at some point experiences some kind of mental or emotional “dis-ease”.   Those raised by the most loving parents still question their worth sometimes. The most optimistic people I know still feel despair [...]

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United Around Mental Health

Everyone at some point in life will face a mental or behavioral health issue, whether through personal experience or through knowing someone who is struggling. So why does mental and behavioral health continue to be a topic no one wants to discuss? Shame and stigma only compound the issue. What [...]

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Defining Poverty

What do we mean when we say “Poverty”? It’s an extremely broad topic that through two years of research and difficult conversations we’ve had to define for ourselves. As we continue sharing these components of our Community Game Plan, our President Joy Griffin breaks down what how we define poverty [...]

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What is a Community Game Plan?

United Way of Hall County President, Joy Griffin, begins our dive into our Community Game Plan with this introduction. You can download your copy of the Community Game Plan here. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below or enagage with us on Facebook (@unitedwayhallcounty) and Instagram (@unitedwayhallco).  #Gameplan #LiveUnitedHallCounty

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