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Download the KnowBullying App

Parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship, and help prevent bullying. KnowBullying, a new mobile app by SAMHSA, encourages dialogue between you and your children and helps you start a conversation.

KnowBullying by SAMHSA includes:

  • Conversation Starters: Start a meaningful discussion with your child.
  • Tips: Learn ways to prevent bullying.
  • Warning Signs: Know if your child is affected by bullying.
  • Reminders: Find the right time to connect with your child.
  • Social Media: Share tactics and useful advice.
  • Section for Educators: Prevent bullying in the classroom.

The KnowBullying app is available for Android™ and iPhone®. It is a free resource for mobile devices provided by SAMHSA, in conjunction with the StopBullying.gov Federal partnership.

Put the power to prevent bullying in your hand. Click here to access.

Free Parent Training: Parenting in a Culture of Gentleness

Parenting can be frustrating when we feel that we are always waiting for the next crisis or difficulty to happen. We can find ourselves always reacting to daily challenges instead of having a solid plan to prevent things from falling apart.

This day long (7-hour) training will focus on 6 key elements for developing positive and healthy relationships with children, family members, and those who assist us in supporting our children. Having an understanding of these 6 Elements can assist parents with improving relationships with their children and those who support them.

Participants in this training will learn how to:

  1. Identify how the home environment and family relationships can help or hinder your child’s growth.
  2. Identify ways to help your child feel emotionally secure.
  3. Identify ways to improve family relationships and reduce parental stress.
  4. Develop a practical plan to successfully prevent and navigate those troubling times that occur throughout the day.

The training is free but space is limited! Lunch will be on your own.

This training is presented by The Center For Positive Living Supports. Register online at www.positivelivingsupport.org/training or call (586) 263-8748.

Applying for Healthcare Coverage in Michigan

There is a new application for applying for healthcare coverage in Michigan – including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), private health insurance plans that offer comprehensive coverage, and a tax credit that can help pay your premiums for health coverage. You can apply on line or in paper form.

Check it out at http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943-320219–,00.html.

Take the 2014 Drug IQ Challenge!

January 27 to February 2 is National Drug Facts Week. The purpose of this week-long health is to help teens shatter the myths about drugs and addictions.

Want to learn about drug abuse and addiction? Try the national  IQ Challenge!

Check out some of these other great resources:

Making the next generation tobacco-free

Over the last 50 years, more than 20 million Americans have died from smoking.

Today’s report, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, comes a half century after the historic 1964 Surgeon General’s report, which concluded that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer. Over the last 50 years tobacco control efforts have saved 8 million lives. This report provides the push to speed up public health and clinical strategies to drop overall smoking rates to less than 10% in the next decade.

Did you know?

Did you know that people with mental illness smoke 44% of all the cigarettes sold in this country? Did you know that people with mental illness smoke 2 to 3 times more than the average US adult population? Did you know that 70% of people with mental illness want to quit? Did you know that people with mental illness can be just as successful in quitting as anyone else?

Northern Lakes CMH is starting a new grant project to improve this! Read more at Saving Lives: New project will help those with mental illness become smoke-free!

New MentalHealth.gov website launched

The government has launched a new website, www.mentalhealth.gov, which features easy-to-understand information about basic signs of mental health problems, how to talk about mental health, and how to find help. It has special help for young people to use in starting a mental health conversation on your cell phone to the new campaign Ok2Talk.org. The site also addresses some of the different mental health issues that current and former service members may face. There are also videos of stories of recovery – inspiration!

Northern Lakes CMH to Present at SXI Parent Network on Nov. 18

A boy with SXI

Parents, guardians, and families of individuals with Severe Multiple Impairment (SXI) are invited to learn about CMH Services specific to SXI. The parent led group will be held on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 from 7:00-8:30 pm at Disability Network in Traverse City. Gail Goldsmith, Caseworker at Northern Lakes Community Mental Health, will provide information about CMH services specific to people who have SXI. As always, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share with one another.

Click to RSVP. For more information, contact Sue Paul or Lisa Woodcox at 231.922.0903, ext. 14.

It’s Ok2Talk about mental health

Conversations are going on all over the country that it’s okay to talk about mental health and that help is available. People from every walk of life are coming together to support a wide range of efforts to promote mental health and public understanding of its importance.

These conversations are really important for communicating essential truths about mental illness and recovery: People who experience mental illness are productive, contributing members of our communities. They are not “other people.” They are us.

You’re not alone. It’s ok2talk about mental health.

Open House in Traverse City: Thursday, Oct 24

Please join us in Traverse City on Thursday, October 24, for our Open House, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Staff have been busy planning displays and look forward to sharing what we do with our community! Tours begin at 4:00 p.m. and there will be brief remarks at about 4:30.

The Northern Lakes CMH office on Hall Street was opened in 2001 on the site of the old Red Mill Lumber Company. Previously, services were delivered from various sites throughout Traverse City and in Suttons Bay and Lake Leelanau. The organization began in 1973 as the Grand Traverse County Community Mental Health Services Board. It changed names over the years, including Grand Traverse/Leelanau CMH and Great Lakes CMH.

This year the Hall Street building underwent significant renovation in order to be able to offer primary care services on-site to people served by Northern Lakes CMH. The clinic is operated by the Traverse Health Clinic.

In addition to celebrating our 10th anniversary as the Northern Lakes CMH organization, we continue our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Community Mental Health Act of 1963.

We hope to see you in the Traverse City community on October 24!

Open House in Cadillac this week: Wednesday, Oct 16

Please join us in Cadillac this Wednesday for our Open House, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Staff have been busy planning displays and look forward to sharing what we do with our community! The local Patriots Choir will perform at 3:45, tours begin at 4:00 p.m. and there will be brief remarks at about 4:30.

The Northern Lakes CMH office on Cobbs Street in Cadillac was opened in 1991. The original service sites were on Carmel Street and then Chapin Street followed by sites on Mitchell and Lake Streets in Cadillac and in Lake City. The organization originally began as North Central Community Mental Health Centers, Inc. in 1972 as a result of concerned citizens’ efforts to bring local services to northern Michigan counties. The organization merged with Great Lakes CMH ten years ago in 2003 and now provides services in six counties.

In addition to celebrating our 10th anniversary as the Northern Lakes CMH organization, we continue our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Community Mental Health Act of 1963.

We hope to see you in the Cadillac community this week!


If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of seriously harming themselves or someone else, call 911.


 

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