Depression: Where to Start

Clinical depression is a very common condition. In fact, “approximately one in five Americans experience an episode in their lifetime. However, despite its prevalence, only about 50 percent of people who suffer from depression actually receive treatment.”4

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping. It may feel like a waste of time, but it may be helpful to think of sleep as an investment in your physical and emotional energy. Sleep gives your brain and body a chance to recover from the day and get ready for tomorrow. 

“I’m Having a Nervous Breakdown.”

The phrase isn’t uncommon. It is used so much that most people don’t know exactly what it means or if there is truly a cause for concern. According to Medical News Today, a “nervous breakdown and mental breakdown are dated terms describing emotional or physical stress that temporarily makes someone unable to function in day-to-day life.” 

How to Make Bad News Feel Better

Bad news can come in a variety of forms, from job loss, a relationship breakup, a surprising diagnosis, or even to the death of a loved one. Receiving bad news can affect your body and life in a multitude of ways, even triggering your fight or flight response.

Prepare for Foster Parenting: Questions to Consider

Foster parents share the amazing characteristic of selflessness. But, not all foster parents share the same lifestyle, family dynamic, or beliefs. Welcoming a child into your home is a big decision and one that needs to be thoroughly analyzed.

The Spruce, a family life and living website, compiled a list of things that one should consider before becoming a foster parent:

Chores and Your Child’s Development

If you are tired of trying to motivate your kids to do their chores, you are not alone.  Many kids have a hard time understanding why it matters to do their chores.  You want them to be able to take care of their own messes, but your kids feel like chores are boring.  You want them to make a meaningful contribution to the family, but your kids just want to play or

Stopping Medication

For some people struggling with mental health, medication can be a lifesaver. When prescribed by a doctor and taken appropriately, medication can make a real difference in people’s lives. For some, medication isn’t the answer for them or they may decide to stop taking the pills.

Respite- Where you fit in

What is Respite Care?

Respite care usually “takes place over a weekend and rarely lasts more than two weeks.”1 The schedule can be incredibly flexible, as respite care isn’t a full-time commitment. You will be responsible for taking over the care of a foster child during the respite timeframe.

Self-harm

Self-harm is a way that some people express feelings of distress and emotional pain by intentionally hurting themselves. The lack of understanding about self-harm can lead to insensitivity about the topic as most people could never imagine hurting themselves on purpose.

First Steps: Admissions

Starting the process of looking into residential treatment can be overwhelming. We sat down with Gerard Academy’s Admissions Supervisor, Loren Nerison, and discussed some common questions families have when starting the residential treatment process.

How does a family reach out to a treatment site? Do they need a referral?