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Mental Health

Valparaiso YMCA to Host Kickoff Dinner for Empower Porter County's Around the Table Initiative

Around-the-Table-intro-flyerThe Valparaiso Family YMCA will be conducting a dinner for Around the Table – an organization dedicated to strengthen family relationships across Porter County, on Sunday, September 21st. This kickoff event is an initiative from Empower Porter County to combat and prevent substance abuse among teens. Studies have shown a close link been frequency of dinners that foster communication and dialogue about these issues to prevent addiction and abuse.

The Around the Table organization is based on an 18 year study conducted by the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University who made the connection between family relationships, like conversations and sitting down to a family meal and substance abuse in teens. Around the Table initiative is a county-wide, year- long campaign of weekly dining activities.

Families will gather at the Valparaiso Family YMCA pavilion for a pot luck dinner and engage in dinner, family games, no technology, laughter and an opportunity to uncover new things about your family members. Around the Table would like to have all families in Porter County make a commitment to have a family dinner together twice a week in every household. To make a reservation for this event on Sunday, September 21st - please contact – Carol Misch by emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

“Lisa and I have raised 3 wonderful children and I have to admit the one thing that has remained constant in our lives is the commitment to eating supper as a family regularly. We always begin with what we are thankful for; we encourage conversation technology free; we focus on eating healthy foods.”


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Building Up Our Youth - August 2014

Mental-Health-America-Porter-CountyMental Health America of Porter County is acknowledging cliques in schools for this month’s Building Up Our Youth (BUOY) article. With the new school year in full swing everyone is excited to see their friends again. But what about all those cliques: the jocks, the popular kids, the emo kids, the Goths, the nerds, the geeks, and the possibility that you don’t fit into any of those? Some are great while others can really make a person feel alienated from their peers. Cliques are defined as a small group of friends who share common interest. Sometimes those interests can be positive, like sports or music, or they could be negative, like bullying or drugs. According to, “cliques can have a strong positive effect on self-worth. But, cliques can also cause its members to be hostile to those who do not belong in their clique, thus making them feel belittled.”

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Porter County Coroner Educates Community in Learn@Lunch

Porter-Starke-Learn-at-Lunch-2Porter-Starke Services hosted their monthly Learn@Lunch series on Tuesday morning with an informative and educational lecture by Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris. The lecture was called "The True Face of Drug-related and Mental Health Deaths in Porter County," and Harris discussed different points that were relevant to the topic at hand.

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Mental Health America of Porter County- Open Door Social Club

Mental-Health-America-Porter-CountyOpen Door Social Club welcomes adults that have been diagnosed with a mental illness and are compliant with treatment. One goal of the Club is to promote positive peer to peer interaction through safe and healthy social engagements. We provide a stigma-free atmosphere for the members and plan activities where they can feel safe engaging in their community. Club is held on Tuesdays at 4 pm to 7 pm and Wednesdays/Fridays 10 am to 2 pm. For more information on our Open Door Social Club, please contact Mental Health America of Porter County at (219) 462-6267.

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Exercise Your Brain with myStrength

Promoting-Positive-AttachmentPorter-Starke Services is all about helping people and living out their belief in Health, Balance, and Hope. As a licensed community health center with accredidations from the Council on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, Porter-Starke is able to offer a full range of care for adults, families, adolescents, and children with mental health or substance abuse issues. 

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Mental Health America of Porter County (MHAPC) offers Tax Credits for Contributions

Mental-Health-America-Porter-CountyMental Health America of Porter County is pleased to offer Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits for contributions of $100.00 or more. NAP contributions give donors an opportunity to support emergency assistance to help pay for prescriptions to treat mental illness while receiving tax breaks on their Indiana state income tax liability. This is a win, win opportunity for the donor and MHAPC, states Mary Hodson, executive director. The donor receives 50% of contribution back in tax credits and MHAPC receives 100% of the donation!

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Mental Health America of Porter County Offers Social Support

2014-Mental-Health-America-of-Porter-County-offers-Social-Support-01When people imagine the summer season, most think about all the activities that come with the warm weather. These activities can range from just hanging out with family members to taking trips to the beach; the opportunities are endless during the summer months. While the terms that we use for our group of friends or family change depending on who you talk to, we could all agree that we see these people as our social support, the ones we depend on during hard times and enjoy being around during the happy times. Social support groups provide many things and are essential to our all-around health.

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