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Fishing for Health

Sport fishing is the lifeblood of the Mille Lacs Lake area in Minnesota where one of our youth residential treatment facilities, Nexus-Mille Lacs calls home.  It is one of the top fishing areas in the state, boasting many angling options including the Rum River, Lake Onamia, Lake Ogechie, Lake Shakopee, and the second largest inland lake in the state

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Creating a Safe Place for LGBTQ Youth

At Nexus Family Healing, we know that how we treat those who are different from us is incredibly important. When diversity is valued, our uniqueness is recognized, including differences in our gender identities and sexual orientation. These play an important role in everyone’s lives, and those who identify as LGBTQ face unique challenges regarding mental health.

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How to Talk to Children about Difficult Topics

Our first instinct as adults is to protect children from information that contains violence, depicts the suffering of others or is deemed as “too difficult to understand.” While this is true when the information serves no purpose, when the information is fake (like TV shows and movies) or when it doesn’t have applicable meaning, you do not want to shield children from difficult conversations wh


No Time for Silence

This has been a very difficult week in Minneapolis and across our communities. We are deeply saddened and upset by the death of George Floyd.


It's Okay to Grieve for Traditions

There are many different ways we have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If we are fortunate enough to not be personally affected economically or medically, we have most certainly been impacted by the ways in which we have had to change our daily routine.

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Is it Your Child's Personality or Their Mental Health

Have you ever wondered if your child is struggling with mental health? How does a parent know the difference between a child’s regular personality and a mental health issue that should be addressed?

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The Top Five Myths of Foster Care

There are many myths about becoming foster parents that people believe to be true. Some of these myths may even stop an amazing potential foster family from inquiring because they do not believe they would qualify.


The Elements of Wellbeing

We all share the same fundamental needs to wellbeing regardless of who we are. These five universal needs are equally important and interconnected and if one need is lacking or having a negative impact on another, our wellbeing is out of whack.

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Our Beautiful Broken Vase

I'm not sure if its legit to start a blog by referencing another blog, but there’s an image stuck in my head from a Scientific American piece:  a kind of Japanese pottery that puts broken pieces back together not by trying to make the cracks invisible but by using powdered metals in silver and gold to fu

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Making the In-Between Time Matter

We seem to be in this phase of in-between time – the lingering phase that follows the immediate emergency of COVID-19, but precedes a return to normalcy, however “normal” is defined.