THE MENTAL HEALTH GAP: WHY KIDS AREN’T GETTING THE CARE THEY NEED
April 5, 2017
According to the Office of Adolescent Health, approximately one in five adolescents have a diagnosable mental health disorder, and nearly a third show symptoms of depression. Yet a recent study revealed that less than half of adolescents with psychiatric disorders received any kind of treatment in the preceding year. Clearly, there is a gap in care. But why? Here are four of the biggest obstacles preventing adolescents from accessing mental health services: 1. SOCIAL STIGMA… Continue Reading →
Neuroscience is Helping Shed Light on Mental Disorders
March 15, 2017
During Brain Awareness Week, we’re striving to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, especially concerning mental health disorders. Neuroscientists are uncovering the brain processes involved in behavioral illnesses, and there is great promise for development of more effective treatments in the near future.   A Neurological Approach Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease are clearly brain diseases that should be treated by neurologists. But is it accurate to group… Continue Reading →
Lent – Make This a Time to Give
March 1, 2017
The season of Lent is often focused on giving up something or doing without. Many Christians today observe Lent by “fasting” in a modern way, by giving up something, whether it’s potato chips, social media or watching reality TV, for example. But this year, consider a different approach and GIVE a simple gift that will help someone in need. Fasting While fasting takes the form of refraining from eating or giving something up, it is… Continue Reading →
‘Get Up & Give’ Gifts Touch Lives of Children and Families
February 13, 2017
Methodist Family Health invites Arkansans to honor the season of Lent and “get up and give” items that will make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families served by the 118-year-old organization. The eighth annual Get Up & Give collection drive will be held in the weeks leading up to Easter, March 1-April 13. All donated items will benefit those who rely on Methodist Family Health for behavioral, emotional and spiritual care.… Continue Reading →
Mental Wellness
January 27, 2017
Now that we’re settling into 2017, it’s a great time to focus on creating a happier, healthier home for your child (and for you!). Read on for easy tips on improving mental wellness all year long. BOOST CONFIDENCE. Want your child to feel capable? Give sincere compliments. “You were so patient at the grocery store!” or “That homework was hard, but I’m proud of you for sticking with it.” Speak positive words and encourage your… Continue Reading →
Gift Ideas for the Special Kids in Your Life
December 16, 2016
If you are looking for Christmas gift ideas for a child with mental health or behavioral problems, here are some suggestions from Justin Cox, LPC, a Methodist Family Health therapist at SUCCESS Achievement Academy in Jonesboro: Kinetic Sand is a three-dimensional building toy made of 98 percent sand and 2 percent polydimethylsiloxane (a type of silicone oil) that mimics the physical properties of wet sand. Kinetic Sand was originally designed for sculpting but is commonly… Continue Reading →
Holiday Tips for Children with ADHD
December 13, 2016
Kids with ADD, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders can easily be overstimulated around the holidays. With all the glitz, lights and often sounds, it can be extremely difficult for children to focus, particularly those who already have difficulty in this arena on a daily basis. Keep this in mind when decorating for the holidays. Keep decorations simple. Scale back instead of scaling up. This approach could help avoid meltdowns and frustration for all parties involved.… Continue Reading →
10 Tips for Road Trip Adventures
December 13, 2016
We’ve all been there, the dreaded holiday road trip. Just the mention of a long car ride is enough to cause crying, moaning, and flashbacks of trips past. Then, we get to think of the kid’s reactions. The first job that we, as parents, must do is recognize the warning signs for issues, and take steps to counter them before they grow out of control. Here are some strategies that we all can use to… Continue Reading →
Share the Light this Christmas
November 30, 2016
Support Arkansas children and families this Christmas. Your donation helps provide compassionate care to children. With your help, we can continue to be a shining light to the ones who need it most. LEARN MORE ABOUT 'SHARE THE LIGHT' HERE.   Continue Reading →
Support Methodist Family Health on Giving Tuesday Nov. 29
November 22, 2016
Support Methodist Family Health on Giving Tuesday Nov. 29! This year we encourage you to celebrate Giving Tuesday with us. It's a global day of charity celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. During this season of giving, Methodist Family Health will use your contributions to purchase books for children and adolescents in our care. Being a donor gives more children the opportunity to read, learn and grow. Methodist Family Health provides Arkansas… Continue Reading →