Liz Davis

Recently our area was hit by tornadic weather that resulted in a loss of lives, and damaged property that will change the landscape for many years to come.  Those involved gathered together to help each other through, clean up debris and begin the process of re-building.  With all of this, a sense of community resulted.   Some time has passed and those who have experienced, witnessed and even responded to the community, are now getting anxious at the approach of future weather related issues.

Tammy Thieme

 How can you tell if your child is sad, going through a phase or depressed?  If your child has shown an increase in difficulty at home or school, is going through a life changing event (like a divorce) or has had sadness that has lasted more than two weeks you will want to review these symptoms of depression. Symptoms of depression in children include:  

Jamie Taylor

Define stress: According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), stress is defined as the brain’s response to a demand.

Our Body’s Response to Stress: Each individual responds to stress differently. Some common responses include: digestive issues, headaches, feelings of sadness, feeling lethargic, irritability and difficulty sleeping.

Jacey Downing

Alcohol Use Is Widely Accepted

Alcohol.  As Americans we see it advertised in one form or another on TV at home, on billboards driving down the highway, in magazines in the doctor's office, on the radio at the mall, and in many other places.  Alcohol use is generally widely accepted by our society as a common part of recreational and social events. 

Mike Lau

Assertive communication is the ability to express positive and negative ideas and feelings in an open, honest and direct way. It recognizes our rights while still respecting the rights of others. It allows us to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions without judging or blaming other people and it allows us to constructively confront and find a mutually satisfying solution where conflict may exist.

Assertive communication enables us to swap old behavior patterns for amore positive approach to life. There are many advantages of assertive communication which include: