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A Month of Mental Health Awareness

May 13, 2016

It has come to my attention that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I, for one, think this is a wonderful thing. Being that I myself work in the Integrated Health Home (IHH) department of Hillcrest, Mental health is a large concern to both me and my coworkers.  However, mental health is not only a […]

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Announcing Awakenings Academy

March 8, 2016
The Holistic Home

Hillcrest Family Services Announces the Opening of Awakenings Academy, a Residential Treatment Facility Open to Youth Across the Country. Dubuque, IA – March 8, 2016 – Years in development, supported by countless hours of research, with an unparalleled commitment to the most advanced and effective teaching, treatment and quality control methods, Hillcrest Family Services announced […]

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“Stressed Brains Can’t Learn”

December 21, 2015

In 2010, Jim Sporleder went to a conference with no idea of the impact that the information was going to have on himself, or the change that it would influence. The Principal of an alternative high school in Walla Walla, Washington, Sporleder had charged himself with the task of turning around a school populated with […]

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There is Homelessness in Dubuque Iowa

December 16, 2015

There is homelessness in Dubuque. It’s not as visible unless you know what you are seeing. It’s the man carrying all his possessions in a backpack, it’s the mother of three serving you fast food and it’s the child wearing the same clothes as yesterday. Every night there are individuals trying to find a warm […]

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Hillcrest and the First Lady Help Homeless Veterans

November 23, 2015

Homeless Veterans are a touchy subject, socially and politically these days.  The FLOTUS, Michele Obama, and Hillcrest Family services are working to help solve this epidemic.  In a recent video , Mrs. Obama called on landlords to open up vacant units to homeless veterans.  As encouragement to landlords, the First Lady mentioned programs such as […]

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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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