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Archive for — February, 2012

Divorce is Time When Kids Should Come First — By Carrie Little, Family Life Education Program Coordinator

Divorce involves highly charged emotions that are traumatic for everyone involved.  How you react to and manage your divorce will have lasting effects on your children, and it is up to you to make those effects positive instead of negative.  Putting your children’s needs and feelings first is an important step. Other dos and don’ts to
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New Ideas in Health Care Benefit Clients, Entire Community – By Dianne Hughes, Program Director, Case Management and Special Projects

We hear a lot these days about the poor state of health in Oklahoma as compared to the rest of the nation. Perhaps you’ve also heard the news that people diagnosed with a serious mental illness are at a higher risk of premature death. Earlier this month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Health
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Parents Key to Shaping Children’s Confidence

Children who are confident handle tough situations better than their less secure peers, devise creative solutions to problems they face and create happy, lasting relationships in their lives. Early experiences are key to shaping children’s confidence. Carrie Little, program coordinator/educator at Family & Children’s Services, has tips to help parents instill confidence in their children.

Escaping the “New Asylums” — by Jack Bradberry, Case Manager, RICCT

As a priest, I referred numerous parishioners to Family & Children’s Services for help in dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues, family dysfunction and other problems. Then, five years ago, I joined the agency myself to provide assistance to mentally ill inmates being discharged from the Oklahoma State Department of Corrections. Not many
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Mental Illness Impacts 1 in 5 Americans, report shows

A new national report reveals that 45.9 million American adults aged 18 or older, or 20 percent of this age group, experienced mental illness in the past year. The rate of mental illness was more than twice as high among those aged 18 to 25 (29.9 percent) than among those aged 50 and older (14.3
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Bullying: What Parents Need to Know to Protect Their Children

Bullying isn’t a healthy or normal rite of passage. Rather, children who are bullied can suffer lasting damage. Carrie Little, program coordinator/educator at Family & Children’s Services, has tips to help parents figure out if their children are being targeted and recommendations for dealing with bullying situations.