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Mental Health

A Warning from: A Positive Approach to Teen Health

PATHGreenLargeTaglineSynthetic drugs are becoming an increasing problem in America. It is important to educate yourself on this issue and be aware of the vulnerabilities for which unassuming teenagers can be at risk.

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PATH to host safeTALK: Anyone Can Save a Life

PATHGreenLargeTaglineSuicide is a topic many are uncomfortable discussing, especially this time of year. Social norms dictate that we should be happy and full of holiday cheer during the holidays. However, for many, depression and suicide are a real problem during the winter months. The holidays can aggrandize feelings of loneliness and depression. While others are out celebrating and gathering with family members and friends, those who struggle with thoughts of suicide might spend this time reflecting more in depth about their emotions.

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2014 giftLIFT Program

Mental-Health-America-Porter-CountyFor over 50 years Mental Health America of Porter County has sponsored the giftLIFT Program, providing a lift with a gift to community members in need whose lives are impacted by mental health. In 2013 over 2250 gifts made the holidays brighter for nearly 600 individuals and families-newborn through 85. Mary Hodson, executive director is seeing an increased need for basic items. “Wishes include boots, cleaning supplies and gift cards to purchase food. It is heartwarming to see the wishes filled by our generous community members—still wishes remain to be filled.” Hodson shares the following ways you can help make these simple wishes come true.

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Around Four Thousand Trot in Fifth Annual Turkey Trot

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2014-Turkey-trot-1In Valparaiso, Thanksgiving isn’t just about the food. The Fifth Annual Turkey Trot, a race that has become a holiday tradition for many people in the area, made its way through the snowy Valparaiso streets on Thursday morning. The 5k and 10k race, which grows each year, topped out at 4,000 runners this time around which makes it the biggest race in Northwest Indiana.

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A Very Generous Community

Mental-Health-America-Porter-CountyHere at Mental Health America of Porter County, the few weeks that we have before the Thanksgiving and the holidays are some of the busiest of the year. With preparing our giftLIFT program, setting up many trees within Porter County, and maintaining our Open Door Social Club activities; the holidays become very hectic. The Open Door Social Club program 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.

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safeTALK Lunch & Learn Workshop: Suicide Alertness for Everyone

PATHGreenLargeTaglineSafeTALK is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

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October Safety: Resisting Peer Pressure

Mental-Health-America-Porter-CountyOctober is filled with many reasons to celebrate—hay rides, apple orchards, homecoming, Halloween, and more. With all these fun activities to enjoy, October comes with many dangers and pressures to be aware of. We here at Mental Health America of Porter County find it important to assess the risks of peer pressure during this time, and how it might affect your safety.

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