We talked about Playing It Safe on this broadcast of Not Alone. We are recognizing March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and were joined by Deb Hammond with Choices Treatment Center and Maya Chilese, with the Division of Behavioral Health, who talked with us about Responsible Gambling, and how to minimize our chances of experiencing problems with gambling.
Not Alone welcomed friends from Epworth Village on this broadcast. Headquartered in York, NE, Epworth Village is one of Nebraska’s most respected agencies in rehabilitating troubled youth that originated as an orphanage nearly 125 years ago. It has evolved and changed as the needs of society have changed, becoming now a recognized leader and positive influence for families dealing with severe emotional and behavioral disorders in youth. Our guests were Patrick Garcia, the CEO, and staff member Jamie Cline. The goals of Epworth Village include helping youngsters and their families successfully navigate their personal challenges, their negative thinking and feelings of frustration, before these failures become a way of life and are perpetuated to the next generation.
Our guests from Youth Emergency Services (YES) in Omaha included their Director of Program Services, Cindy Goodin, and an extraordinary young lady, Domanyk, who was a graduate of the YES experience. We learned that over half of young homeless people are there because they ‘aged out of the system’ and just didn’t have the physical, emotional, and financial support to successfully make that leap into adult responsibilities.
February is supposed to be the month of hearts and flowers, of love, admiration, and respect. But, what happens when the cycle of dating abuse we are experiencing in our country expands to include pre-teens, teens, and college age students?
We are learning so much about the effects of PTSD upon members of the armed services and the long term effects of PTSD on family members. Yet effective treatment and assistance is often unavailable or perceived as too stigmatizing. There is a heroic volunteer organization called At Ease USA, raising awareness and funding to support therapeutic, healing opportunities offered to all veterans, active-duty military personnel, and their loved ones through Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska’s (LFS) At Ease program. Our guests on this broadcast of Not Alone were Tim Burke, who is the Board President of At Ease USA, and Paul Greenwell, the Program Director of the LFS At Ease support program. Their message is one of Hope.
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at The Kim Foundation!
RESPECT Theatre Troupe honored Not Alone with another very special made-for-radio drama. The program entitled Too Big A Secret, talked about physical abuse in the home and posed the question, “If a friend confides in you about a family secret, should you tell anyone else that secret?”
My favorite broadcasts are most often programs featuring consumers; I learn so much from them, they inspire my efforts in my daily work and we always seem to find lots to laugh about as we chatter away during the broadcast. This week was no exception; our guests were Paul, Paige and Jeri, Nebraska people with responsible positions in their community, courageous people who have brought leadership to the Peer Support Movement, and people who struggled personally with the effects of mental health challenges.
Again this year, we had the privilege of attending the At Ease USA luncheon to raise support for Nebraska military families experiencing the effects of trauma or emotional injury.
Not Alone welcomed Dr. Christiana Bratiotis with the University of Nebraska-Omaha Grace Abbott School of Social Work to talk about the book she co-authored, “The Hoarding Handbook: A Guide for Human Service Professionals” and to give us an insight into the disorder called hoarding. We learned since hoarding involves emotions, thoughts and behaviors, and genetic factors in addition to life events and cognitive challenges that trigger these behaviors, hoarding disorder is now included in the new DSM 5 (the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).