Hope for Arkansas children and families facing emotional and behavioral challenges.

Break the Cycle of Dating Abuse

October 16, 2017

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As an organization that works with children who have experienced or witnessed – or both – physical, sexual and emotional abuse, Methodist Family Health understands the long-lasting damage this violence has on children, their families, friends, teachers and community. Because domestic violence isn’t something people want to acknowledge is taking place, more people than we realize are being hurt and continuing these patterns while dating. For example, did you know that more than 50 percent of women and men who have been physically abused or stalked by a dating partner first experienced physical, sexual, emotional or a combination of this abuse between the ages of 11 and 24? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Kids often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence. Dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects. Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. As kids develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a kid’s emotional development. Unhealthy, abusive or violent relationships can have severe consequences and short- and long-term negative effects on a developing child. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience: Symptoms of depression and anxiety; Engagement in unhealthy behaviors, such as tobacco and drug use, and alcohol; Involvement in antisocial behaviors; and Thoughts about suicide. Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college. Methodist Family Health has professionals, services and resources available to help kids, teens and adults cope with domestic violence, including dating abuse. If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the following warning signs, contact us immediately for help:   Checking cell phones, emails or social networks without permission from the person you are dating; Extreme jealousy or insecurity; Constant belittling or put-downs; Explosive temper; Isolation from family and friends; Making false accusations; Constant mood swings towards you; Physically inflicting pain or hurt in any way; Possessiveness; Telling someone what to do; and Repeatedly pressuring someone to have sex. Call Methodist Family Health any time for free at 866-813-3388 or e-mail info@methodistfamily.org. We will help.

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Share the Light – Krysta’s Story

October 11, 2017

Krysta White grew up in a Methodist Family Health group home. Today, she is a wife, mom, college graduate and valued employee of Methodist Family Health, sharing her light of hope, peace and stability with kids we serve today. This is her story. Krysta Shares the Light   Would you like to share the light with your congregation this holiday season? Please download any of these files to use in your sermons, bulletins, e-newsletters or mailings. Need more information? Contact Methodist Family Health anytime at info@methodistfamily.org or 501-906-4209. 2017 Christmas Appeal Slide 2017 Christmas Appeal Slide 2017 Christmas Appeal Slide

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Methodist Family Health Deals with Adverse Childhood Experiences

September 28, 2017

Researchers are learning more and more about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), which can affect a person’s physical and mental health throughout her or his lifetime. This special supplement developed by the Arkansas Times outlines what Methodist Family Health can provide children and families dealing with ACEs and other mental, emotional, behavioral and spiritual issues. Read more: Arkansas Times Mental Health 09-28

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Compassionate Care. Passionate Physicians.

September 20, 2017

Methodist Family Health has been serving Arkansas for 118 years. First established in 1899 as an orphanage in Central Arkansas, we have evolved and grown over the years to serve children and families in Arkansas with mental, behavioral and emotional needs. With the help of our compassionate physicians, we are able to provide healthcare in 22 locations throughout the state. Without our committed team, none of our work would be possible! We honored them with a delicious dinner at Samantha’s Tap Room in Little Rock to show our appreciation for their continued support and commitment to our organization. Pick up the recent issue of Inviting Arkansas to see more photos and the feature.  

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Suicide Prevention Awareness: What Everyone Needs To Know

September 10, 2017

Many Arkansans view suicide as something to whisper about behind closed doors, or something to hide altogether. Yet 41,000 individuals die every year by suicide, and it is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. and the 2nd leading cause of death among people ages 10-24. And those numbers are increasing at an alarming rate. In 2016, the New York Times reported that suicide in the United States has reached a 30-year high, increasing in every age group except older adults. We need to do more than talk about suicide. We need to face it head on, learn how to recognize the warning signs and get help for ourselves or others. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to promote suicide education and awareness and initiate conversations about suicide and related topics. Read on for key information on suicide risk, warning signs, prevention and resources. Remember, if you or someone you know is in danger, call 911 immediately. SUICIDE RISK FACTORS Research has found that about 90 percent of individuals who die by suicide experience mental illness. Recognizing and addressing mental illness – which often carries its own social stigma that must be overcome – is of critical importance. Other suicide risk factors include: A family history of suicide Substance abuse; drugs and alcohol can result in mental highs and lows that exacerbate suicidal thoughts Intoxication; more than one in three people who die from suicide are found to be currently under the influence Access to firearms A serious or chronic medical illness Gender; although more women than men attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to die by suicide A history of trauma or abuse Prolonged stress Isolation Age; people under age 24 or above age 65 are at a higher risk for suicide A recent tragedy or loss Agitation and sleep deprivation SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS Although Arkansans considering suicide might take extensive measures to hide it from others, there are some behaviors that should be considered red flags. This list is not exhaustive – any unusual or out-of-character behavior could be a sign that a person needs help. Some warning signs include: Threats or comments about suicide; these can begin as seemingly harmless thoughts like “I wish I wasn’t here” but can become more overt and dangerous Increased alcohol and drug use Aggressive behavior Social withdrawal from friends, family and the community Dramatic mood swings Talking, writing or thinking about death Impulsive or reckless behavior SUICIDE PREVENTION It can be frightening and intimidating when a loved one reveals or shows signs of suicidal thoughts. However, not taking thoughts of suicide seriously can have a devastating outcome. If you think your friend or family member will hurt herself or someone else, call 911 immediately. Other recommendations to prevent self-harm include: Remove means such as guns, knives or stockpiled pills Calmly ask simple and direct questions, such as “Can I help you call your psychiatrist?” rather than, “Would you rather I call your psychiatrist, your therapist or your case manager?” Talk openly and honestly about suicide. Don’t be afraid to ask questions such as “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” or “Do you have a plan for how you would kill yourself?” If there are multiple people, have one person speak at a time Ask what you can do to help Don’t argue, threaten or raise your voice Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong If your loved one asks for something, provide it as long as the request is safe and reasonable If you are nervous, try not to fidget or pace If your loved one is having hallucinations or delusions, be gentle and sympathetic, but do not get in an argument about whether the delusions or hallucinations are real SUICIDE CRISIS RESOURCES Methodist Family Health is staffed with experienced mental health professionals that can help you address a wide variety of concerns. We have offices and resources throughout the state, all part of a well-established continuum of care. If you have concerns about a loved one, or are experiencing suicidal thoughts yourself, please reach out right away to one of the following: If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately. If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call us any time, day or night, at 501.803.3388. Or, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255). They have trained counselors available 24/7 to speak with either you or your loved one. If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line. Content revised from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Learn more at nami.org

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October 24, 2017 - 6:00PM
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