Your November Update from the Wood County ADAMHS Board
I am excited to announce major steps forward in being able to provide a Crisis Stabilization Unit in Wood County. Unison Behavioral Health, with the support of the WCADAMH Board, has created a plan that will have services up and running before another year has passed!
-Deanna Chase, Executive Director
A Renewed Mind
A Renewed Mind is a private, not for profit 501(c)3 behavioral health care organization. They work to deliver personalized, high quality behavioral health services to our community in a compassionate manner.
A Renewed Mind has developed a reputation of providing quality services based on our commitment to respecting the individual and in forming strong therapeutic relationships.
They accept a variety of private insurance plans, Medicare, TriCare, Medicaid, county board, and self-payment.
Get in touch with A Renewed Mind by calling 1-(877)-515-5505.
As Wood County’s only comprehensive domestic and sexual violence agency, The Cocoon provides services to more than 700 survivors, their children, and even family pets 24/7 all year long. From emergency safe shelter to legal and medical advocacy, The Cocoon, works to be sure that everyone has access to safety, healing and justice. All services are provided to survivors at no cost to them. Be sure to follow us on Facebook @cocoonwoodcounty for agency updates and upcoming programming and events.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call 419-373-1730 and selection option #2 to be immediately connected to an advocate 24/7.
Children's Resource Center
Contact CRC by calling 419-352-7588 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
NAMI Wood County
A New Direction:
This is a cognitive behavioral therapy program for clients involved with the legal system to work on unhealthy thought patterns, Substance Abuse Prevention, Mental Health Treatment, Learning Social Skills, Reentry into society with changing their distorted thought patterns and tactics and challenging criminal and addictive thinking.
Group meets two times per week, Monday, and Wednesday from 5pm-7:31 pm for 40 sessions
This program helps people struggling with anger issues. Skills and issues addressed include identifying cues and triggers of anger, managing anger in a positive manner, conflict resolution skills, relaxation techniques, and more.
Group meets every Tuesday from 10 am-12:31 pm.
Substance Use Treatment:
Unison Health works to help adults with substance use disorders achieve sobriety and total wellness. In addition, we help adults develop strategies to maintain their sobriety during and after completion of the program.
-Unison offers Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP):
Groups are on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-3:15
Individual therapy and Case management also available.
-After Care Programming to assist with the maintenance of sobriety.
Groups are Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 am-10:30 am
Unison Health can be reached at (419)-352-4624
Wood County Educational Service Center
To contact the Wood County Educational Service Center, call 419-354-9010
To get in touch with the 24/7 Detox Admission Line, call (419)-754-3869.
Beat Back the Holiday Blues
The holidays are upon us. For many, holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more are seen as a time of happiness and cheer. For others, "bah, humbug" is more reflective of their feelings at this time of year.
"I think a lot of people would say that the holidays are the worst time of year," said Ken Duckworth, MD, a medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in an interview with WebMD. "Many feel miserable, and that's not only for people with clinical depression."
The “holiday blues” can stem from a variety of sources, such as current events, personal grief, loneliness, illnesses of all kinds, economic concerns, separation from family members and relationship issues like separation or divorce.
These feelings can easily be exacerbated by stressors, many of which are experienced in this season alone. Many of us wish—or feel obligated to—host holiday parties, whilst being cajoled into attending those of family, friends and acquaintances. Decorations are beautiful, but someone has to put them up. Not to be forgotten are visits with family members who are only seen once or twice a year and fighting the crowds to find that perfect gift. All of which is compressed into a four to six week block of time.
“There’s this idea that holiday gatherings with family are supposed to be joyful and stress-free,” said Duckworth. “That’s not the case. Family relationships are complicated.”
Being surrounded by family and friends, and watching the interaction between others, has a strange way of highlighting what’s changed in a person’s life, or what hasn’t changed. The complex swirl of emotions that is the “holiday blues” is a vicious cycle: I feel down, but it’s the holidays—I should be happy. I’m not, though, and that makes me feel even more miserable.
I’m stressed, which is limiting my enjoyment of the season, and I feel miserable because I don’t want to be stressed.
“These feelings don’t mean that the solution is to skip the holidays entirely,” said Duckworth.
Instead, there are strategies one can follow to minimize the negative aspects of the season.
- Don't worry about how things should be. Instead, remember that every family has their own stressors, and no one is as perfect as they may seem.
- Be Realistic. It's okay to say no to gatherings or a hard-to-find present on someone's wish-list. Your own mental and physical well-being needs to come first.
- Don't try to be a superhero. Acknowledge that you might have complicated family dynamics. Limit exposure to family members that are not good for your mental well-being.
- Volunteer. Volunteering can be a sense of comfort, and the holiday season always provides many volunteer opportunities.
- Keep your own well-being in mind. Yes, the holidays are technically the season of giving. But that doesn’t mean you should take yourself completely out of the equation—instead, add yourself to it. Give yourself some time away from the hype to practice some self-care.
- Give it some thought. Do you really have to do everything on your list? “Ask yourself, ‘Why am I doing things that make me miserable? Make a pro/con list of why you engage in holiday traditions to remind you that you do have a choice.
- Make sure that the “holiday blues” haven’t become a scapegoat. You could be experiencing Recurrent Depression with Seasonal Pattern (previously known as Seasonal Affective Disorder) or another biological or psychological cause. If these are persistent feelings, make an appointment to see your doctor.
Always remember to be gentle with yourself, especially now.
This is an excerpt from "Beat Back the Holiday Blues" posted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. To read the full article, click here.
Board Supported Programs
A Renewed Mind
Children's Resource Center
Harbor Behavioral Health