These tips are from the Natural Resource Center for AD/HD but can really apply to anyone feeling stressed. If you, your spouse or your child has ADHD, the key to a calmer more enjoyable holiday is to create traditions that suit your lifestyles. No single solution will fit everyone, but here are some suggestions to help create calm instead of adding to the chaos.
- Be flexible. Create holiday patterns that suit the needs of your family.
- Hold a family meeting. Discuss what traditions are important to each of you and do away with the rest.
- Ask for help. The holidays should be a family affair.
- Look for creative solutions. This might include buying a smaller tree to decorate, going out to dinner, having a pot luck instead of fixing everything yourself or bringing two families together to celebrate the holidays.
- Don’t give in to unreasonable demands. If you or your children with ADHD are exhausted by expectations that you fly home for the holidays, or that you visit with multiple relatives, let them know that this is stressful for you. Make sure you give your family early notice of the change in plans this year.
- Try to keep to your familiar routine even when visiting. Make sure your child with ADHD continues to take his or her medicine on schedule and that bedtime stays as close as possible to normal.
- Plan ahead. Shop early and avoid taking a tired child with ADHD with you.
- Order gifts. Use mail order or the Internet. Free shipping is usually found on many Web sites during the holidays.
At the Ben Gordon Center we have not yet realized the full potential of community-based care. In 2013, the Ben Gordon Center
continued to further our mission to reduce the burden caused by mental illness and addictions by:
• Expanding our crisis and emergency services, we have experienced a 138% increase over the previous year in psychiatric
• Opening the Living Room at our Community Support Campus as a crisis respite program. The Living Room is a comfortable,
non-clinical space that offers an alternative to hospital emergency rooms for anyone experiencing overwhelming symptoms
due to life circumstances.
• Hosting nationally-recognized Mental Health First Aid training for the community. The Mental Health First Aid training has
offered education to over 100 teachers, health workers, firefighters, police officers, college students, emergency services
personnel. and other community members.
• Adding qualified and professional clinical staff to our team of caring professionals
• Offering additional programs and services in the areas of eating disorders, non-suicidal self injury and anxiety treatments.
In 2014, we want to continue these strides to bring innovative mental health care to the DeKalb County residents. As the community mental health center, it is our mission and goal to guarantee that everyone receives the behavioral care and services needed. We want to always be accessible and provide mental health care experts to carry on their important work in our schools, neighborhoods, collaborative agencies and community.
Now we need your help. Any gift amount will help someone take that small step on their path to recovery. That’s one life changed, entirely because of you. Thank you in advance for helping us continue this important work of an individual’s mental health recovery in the community one step at a time.
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Click on the link below to see all the winners and photos from the 2013 Ben Gordon Center Dodgeball Charity Tournament. Thanks to all the teams, participants, volunteers, refs/NIU ROTC and sponsors : Kish Health System, B95, LePrint Express, Foster & Buick, Mason Properties, Crum Halsted, NB & T, The Suter Company, Daily Chronicle, Castle Bank & Ideal Industries
Join us on Saturday, November 9 for some Dodgeball FUN!
Go to www.bgcdodgeball.com for all the details and to register your team! Or call Michelle at 815-757-3488 for more information.
Today is the kickoff of the Red Ribbon Week Campaign and we invite you to celebrate with us. Red Ribbon Week is one of the oldest and largest operating substance abuse prevention campaigns in the nation. As we all know, the fight against drugs and underage drinking is an on-going battle, and it is our duty to raise awareness and provide treatment to keep our community healthy and safe. This year we want to bring as much attention as possible to the campaign and we are asking for your help. Some examples on what you can do to raise awareness include:
- Attending the RX Drug Collection Event on October 26, 2013 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the NEW DeKalb Police Station on W. Lincoln Highway.
-Take time to educate a young person about the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse.
-Call/Refer Ben Gordon Center to connect people in need of substance abuse treatment to our services.
-Encourage others to take the substance abuse free pledge on the red ribbon website. http://redribbon.org/.
Our Ben Gordon Center Special Programs team is celebrating Love Your Body Day! Check out their table at our Central Office at 12 Health Services Drive.
Every day, in so many ways, the beauty industry (and the media in general) tell women and girls that being admired, envied and desired based on their looks is a primary function of true womanhood. The beauty template women are expected to follow is extremely narrow, unrealistic and frequently hazardous to their health. The Love Your Body campaign challenges the message that a woman’s value is best measured through her willingness and ability to embody current beauty standards.
Capri Smith, Prevention and Community Education Services Program Manager visited DeKalb City Council yesterday to present Chief Lowery with the DCP/Safe Annual Assembly Excellence Award to the DeKalb Police Department.
Check out the article on Brandon Marshall from the Chicago Bears sporting his GREEN today in honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week!
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day (10th September), and Linda Rosenberg ponders what our society has neglected to address – the connection between suicide and addiction.
Read this blog post, “SUICIDE AND ADDICTIONS: THE NEGLECTED LINK,” and find out what efforts must be made to raise awareness and save lives.
Also, don’t forget to connect with the International Association for Suicide Prevention and download your banner today!