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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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