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Family Traditions are Still Important this Year

By Jana Pritchett – November 23, 2021- We’re entering the peak season for family traditions. Some that I recall from my childhood include enjoying the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while cooking the turkey and trimmings, sharing reasons to be thankful around the dinner table, playing board games with family after a large holiday meal, and […]

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Giving Thanks

By Callie Sanders, LSW – November 17, 2021- Somehow, here we are. November is flying by, and we’re in the season of Thanksgiving. Being thankful and appreciative for what is received, tangible or intangible, is an example of gratitude. By acknowledging the good things in life, people usually recognize that sources of goodness can exist […]

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Teens & Substance Abuse: How Parents Can Help

By Valorie Dassel, LCSW, LCAC – November 10, 2021- From day one as parents, we strive to nurture our children and protect them from all foreseeable dangers. As they grow and become more independent, it is our job to give them skills to protect themselves. We must also grant them just the right amount of […]

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Youth First & Hangers Win $25,000 Grants from State Farm Neighborhood Assist®

Nationwide over 3 million votes were cast in support of favorite causes through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® program, a crowd-sourced philanthropic process that empowers communities to address issues in their neighborhoods. Thanks to the many supporters who voted, Youth First and Hangers both finished among the Top 40 vote-getters nationwide, with each organization receiving […]

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What to Expect During Therapy

By Jordan Nonte, LSW – November 3, 2021 – I’ll be honest; pregnancy is one of my biggest fears. I know this doesn’t have anything to do with therapy, but stick with me for a moment. There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to welcoming a child into a family. The thing is, […]

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AstraZeneca Awards $10,000 to Youth First

In a presentation on October 25, AstraZeneca awarded $10,000 to Youth First, Inc. to strengthen the mental health and well-being of students in Posey County. Femi D-Etti, Vice President and General Manager at AstraZeneca’s Mt. Vernon site, says, “We are committed to partnering in the communities where we live and work. We are grateful for […]

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Teen Driving Safety

By Kelsey Crago, LSW – October 21, 2021 – Learning to drive is an important milestone in a young person’s life. Take a minute to think back to that time in your youth. Driving has the power to provide freedom and helps instill a stronger sense of independence in teenagers. This milestone not only brings […]

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Coping with Grief and Loss

By Mary Ruth Branstetter, LCSW, LCAC, RPT – October 6, 2021 – Grief is one of the most intense, sacred, painful, and intimate emotions humans are capable of feeling. Most people associate grief with the death of a loved one or a close personal friend. For some, especially children, grief can be associated with the […]