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Yoga Benefits the Body, Mind, and Spirit!

September 29, 2015

Has the topic of yoga been coming up in conversations lately? Have you wondered what all the rage is about? Yoga is more than a workout class and it also has the benefits of exercise. It is more than a relaxation exercise yet it has the benefits of reducing tension in the body.  Yoga is […]

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Mental Health Matters: We’re not the only ones counting!

September 11, 2015

When talking about mental health it sometimes feels like no one is listening.  While millions of people are affected by mental health issues, there still is a stigma around TALKING about it.  So when I saw the Forbes article What Does Your 2016 Presidential Candidate Say About Mental Health, by Emily Willingham, I was excited to […]

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The Missing Link

September 11, 2015

The Missing Link: How the Symptoms of Mental Health in Children and Their Educational Needs Often Times Clash For many years, and through many classroom observations, educational trainings and meetings, I’ve wondered why educators, at times, struggle with understanding children with mental health issues.  They often times don’t see that these children are not trying […]

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Going Back To School Can Be Difficult For LGBTQ Teens

September 4, 2015

Coming back to school from summer vacation can be challenging for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and other identities (LGBTQ+). While it is often a return to supportive friends and teachers, it can also be a return to harassment, indifference, and exclusion. The Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools has […]

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What Is The Plan To Improve Mental Health Access?

September 3, 2015

“But where were the same overwhelming calls to overhaul the nation’s fragile mental health system?” The above is a quote from the New Pittsburgh Courier dated August 29th in response to the ongoing debate over mental health access and gun control. Unfortunately this discussion among politicians follows another very tragic crime in Virginia last week. […]

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It’s Not Just Beating the Blues: Anna’s* Story

September 1, 2015

Major depression disorder affects about 14.8 million adults (6.7%) in the United States as reported by NAMI. Anna’s* story is one of the 14.8 million stories in America. Anna was happily married, with four children, and working a steady job. Her life was going well, until one day she began to have feelings of depression, […]

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The Hidden South East Corner of Hillcrest Family Services

August 24, 2015

When people hear someone talking about Hillcrest Family Services they most like start thinking something along the lines of “I know about Hillcrest, they are that big human service agency in Dubuque, Iowa.” While they are correct that the majority of the services offered by Hillcrest are located in the Dubuque area and the Dubuque […]

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Breast milk, the best, first food for babies!!

August 21, 2015

When I was pregnant with my first child, we knew we wanted our baby to receive breast milk because we had heard about all the benefits for baby.  Little did we know ALL the benefits, as breastfeeding benefits go beyond just baby. They also apply to me, our budget, and the community. Some benefits to […]

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Adverse Childhood Experience

August 6, 2015

The Adverse Childhood Experience (commonly referred to as the ACE study) was co-authored by Dr.’s Robert Anda and Vincent Felitti from the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente, respectively. It was designed to address scientific gaps between certain known risk factors and poor overall health, both physical and mental. The risk factors included five […]

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Mental Health is Rising to a Major Issue in Iowa and Ohio

July 22, 2015

Just as we were beginning to think the only way to have mental health become a candidate issue was for a Hillcrest Family Services staff person to bring it up at the question and answer period for visiting candidates, two Presidential hopefuls brought it up on their own.  Until this point, we had only found […]

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