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Minds

Recreation Therapy and Mental Health

By Dana Groom, Recreational Therapist Imagine a therapy that would treat your mind, body, and soul. One that would not only help you improve your cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being but also cater to your own leisure interests and goals. Recreation therapy can do all of these things as well as provide you with [read more]

Journaling During COVID & Prompts to Get You Started

By Jaime Collins “My thoughts are private. What if someone sees my writing?” “My hand writing is awful.” “Ugh… sounds like work. I don’t need more work.” Not everything about journaling is perfect. On the other hand, my experience and the experiences of people who’ve attended my Journaling classes find the payback well worth it. [read more]

Suicide prevention by means reduction

By: Jennifer Miller Kass, MSW, LCSW Suicide is a serious public health crisis. Suicide is a complex behavior involving the intentional termination of one’s own life. According to Mental Health American four percent of adults have suicidal thoughts. More locally, per year: Grant County has 15.8-19.8 suicides per 100,000 people, Iowa County has 19.9-38.1 suicides [read more]

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Building Resiliency- Helping You Through the Tough Times

By Ashley Dixon, Social Worker Everyone is likely to experience a traumatic event at some point in their life. Unfortunately, it is almost unavoidable. The year 2020 has certainly provided its share of unique challenges and obstacles for many of us, to say the least. How we experience these traumas, and more importantly how we [read more]

What We Need Now: Kindness To Ourselves + Others

By Breanna Callahan, Marketing Coordinator With the school year quickly approaching, we are still very unsure of what it will look like and be like for everyone. Especially since the coronavirus numbers are nowhere near what we would like them to be or even on the verge of declining. As a parent myself, I know [read more]

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Getting More Out of Life

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications Driving the road one day to Dubuque something happened I hope to relive every day until I die. I’d been traveling that road since the earliest days of my childhood, when I did so unrestrained in the back seat of my family’s panel-sided station wagon. I’d been [read more]

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Therapy can help…even when you’re not depressed

By Lacy Taylor, Mental Health Therapist There are many reasons why people seek therapy. Depression, anxiety, loss, and trauma are common reasons. But what if you don’t feel depressed or anxious? Could you still benefit from therapy? The answer is: absolutely yes. I have been a psychotherapist since 2015 and have counseled people for a [read more]

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Having a baby during a pandemic

By Kelly Hubbard, Marketing Specialist The first breath, the first look, the first touch. The experience of meeting your new baby for the first time is a magical, unexplainable feeling. Your only concerns are learning how to care for your newborn, healing, and not missing a moment of this new life you have created. Having [read more]

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Autism and COVID: When Every Day Is a Stay-At-Home Day

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications “Today is a stay-at-home day,” says Jessica. “We don’t go places on stay-at-home days.” Sounds like Jessica has a perfect coping mechanism for social distancing, right? In the most basic of ways, yes. But the truth is far more complicated, especially for her parents. You see little [read more]

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Helping Kids Cope With COVID-19

By Jennifer Miller-Kass, Behavioral Health Administrative Director These are unprecedented times. We are experiencing something that we have never dealt with before. With schools closed and no playdates or sports, families are spending more time together than ever before. Let us make it good time. Children are impacted in a unique way. Let’s go over [read more]