Column: Children can be traumatized by tragedy, even far away

I want to focus on what’s known as vicarious trauma — how people, in this case children, can be traumatized by events which may not have happened to them personally but which might still cause them to feel fear, anxiety, depression and distress.

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A chance to save a life and change it: How 2 metro Atlanta communities respond to a mental health crisis

We rely on 911 to get help, fast. We count on police to calm the scene. But, a mental health crisis isn’t a car wreck or crime scene. It's unfolding and confusing. It's emotionally messy, and it can take a lot of time.

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Column: Great employees make a great team

I know I have written many times about what great employees we have at Highland Rivers Behavioral Health. I not only have the privilege of overseeing great employees, but also a great team – and that makes all the difference in the world.

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‘Let it go’

Green balloons floated up to the sky, taking with them the stresses and worries of the staff, clients and friends at Highland Rivers Behavioral Health at Haralson last week. As the balloons drifted away, those gathered called to each other, “Let it go! Let it go!”

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May Is Mental Health Month

Mental health awareness has increased greatly as a result of the pandemic. Numerous research studies have found more people of all ages have experienced mental health challenges since 2020 – many perhaps for the first time in their lives.

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Haddix takes top prize at Mosaic Place Chili Cook-Off

Mosaic Place, an addiction recovery support center on 321 West Ave. in Cedartown, hosted a chili cook-off on April 2 as a day of fun for the community and its staff.

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Column: Co-response vital to strengthening Georgia’s mental health system

As the Georgia General Assembly’s 2022 legislative session wraps up, we are heartened that mental health figured so prominently in the discussion, and was the subject of legislation introduced in both chambers.

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