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Dr. Michael Yapko, Ph.D. Talks Mental Health at 2016 Porter-Starke Symposium


Depression is an overwhelming problem to the individual and to our community. It has been called the leading cause of disability throughout the world, a genetic disorder, and a disease. At this year’s Porter-Starke Symposium Dr. Michael D Yapko called it a state of mind that can be overcome.

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Support our Military with Tips from MHA of Porter County

Mental-Health-America-Porter-CountyMental Health America of Porter County supports our service men and women and honors their service to our country. Whether a reservist or full-time military person, return from deployment means the embrace of family and friends, and resuming everyday life.

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Brain Balance of Valparaiso Looks to Create Stability through Tools Like Physical Stimulation


Brain Balance of Valparaiso understands the importance of a balanced brain and the process it requires to build and restore that balance. An unbalanced brain can be the cause of so many academic, social or behavioral issues. 

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Linking Antidepressants and Autism

New-Developments-In-MedicineDepression isn’t new among pregnant women, but antidepressants may not provide the answer they’re seeking.

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Brain Balance Achievement Center of Valparaiso Wants to Help Families Restore Balance in their Children's Lives


In 2006, Dr. Robert Melillo began a new program, based upon years of research on children beginning to show symptoms of a startling trend. Going all the way back to 1990, Dr. Melillo began to notice children exhibiting learning and behavior issues. With a strong desire to find a solution and by working with his own children, Dr. Melillo began his journey towards finding a solution that would lead him to the culmination of his legacy, Brain Balance Achievement Centers.

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Porter-Starke Services And ‘The Inspiration Project’ Are Strengthening Our Community Through Stories

porter-starke-learn-lunch-2015-1Porter-Starke Services hosted their monthly Learn@Lunch educational series at their location in Portage on Tuesday. This month's informative educational lecture was “The Inspiration Project,” which was presented to those attending from around the region by Porter-Starke’s own Sandy Carlson, Vice President of Clinical Services at Porter-Starke.

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Porter-Starke Services to host July 2015 Learn @ Lunch: "The Inspiration Project" Stories that Strengthen Us

Learn-at-Lunch 2On Tuesday, July 21, Porter-Starke Services will host its Learn @ Lunch series with an informative educational lecture entitled, "The Inspiration Project" from 11:30-1:00 PM at Porter Starke Services located at 3176 Lancer Street in Portage. Sandy Carlson, LCSW, LCAC, Vice President of Clinical Services at Porter-Starke Services will be the featured presenter.

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When the Worrying Never Ends

Mental-Health-America-Porter-CountyStress, anxiety, and specific phobia disorders don’t receive much media coverage in today’s news. We don’t see a beloved television character suffering from one of these disorders. Yet, surpassing even depression, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the United States. While anxiety is labeled as a mental illness, sufferers are also affected physically as well; some symptoms include: shortness of breath, shaking, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, and dizzy spells.

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June 2015 Learn @ Lunch: "Exploring the Adolescent Brain"

Learn-at-Lunch-1On Tuesday, June 16, Porter-Starke Services will host its Learn@Lunch series with an informative educational lecture entitled, "Exploring the Adolescent Brain" from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Porter-Starke Services located at 701 Wall Street in Valparaiso - Please use Entrance C. Todd Willis, MA, LMHC, Director of Children's Services at Porter-Starke Services will be the featured presenter.

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Porter-Starke Services to host Mental Health First Aid Course in the Summer of 2015

Porter-Starke-Mental-Health-First-Aid-2015Many of us have been trained to offer first aid in emergency situations like a heart attack, choking, or trouble breathing. But what does depression look like? Or anxiety? What would you say to a person who says they are thinking about suicide? How can you help someone having a panic attack?

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Porter-Starke's 6th Annual Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium Focuses on Resiliency

porter-starke-symposium-2015-2Clinicians, supporters, and business representatives in the community attended the 6th Annual Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium for Porter-Starke Services in the Valparaiso University Harre Union Ballroom, to learn more about resilience in mental health.

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