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With today being New Year’s Eve, many are creating long lists of resolutions. These lists will contain everything from pounds to be lost to old habits to be broken. Some will be forgotten in just a few short months while others can be life changing. As you construct your resolutions this year, consider adding more volunteering opportunities to this list.
It’s hard. Raising a child with a mental illness is not an easy task. The diagnosis of a mental illness is the first step on a long road. Just because the child is getting the help and treatment they need, it does not mean there are no setbacks. It is still a struggle every day.
Nebraska officials want to know what services are important to Nebraska children and teens when they face serious behavioral health challenges, so they’re asking the youth, their families and community providers to complete a survey. The survey period is open until November 22.
A very interesting article expanding on critical research that Boys Town is doing right here in Omaha.
Research continues to quantify the effects of depression on not only individuals, but also their employers. According to the article below 68 million additional days of work are missed each year by workers who have been diagnosed with depression. This is costing an estimated $23 billion in lost productivity each year for employers! That is a staggering number. One benefit to this research being done, aside from continuing the conversation that needs to be had about mental health, is it is causing employers to increase the attention they are paying to their employees’ mental health, as well as improve mental health benefits and adding employee assistance programs to help individuals navigate through challenging times in their lives. Have you seen other ways that employers are working to improve the mental health of their employees? What does your employer do?