August Issue Inviting Arkansas
August 17, 2017
From big hats to faux horse races, Southern Silks is one of our favorite and biggest events of the year! What better way to support behavioral and mental health care for Arkansas children and families than with a post-race Kentucky Derby inspired soiree? Last May, we spent the evening celebrating with live and silent auctions, dinner and libations, and more! In case you missed August’s issue of Inviting Arkansas, we’ve included a little Q& A… Continue Reading →
Ease Back Into Back-To-School Mode
August 10, 2017
For many parents, summer is the time to relax the rules and put bedtimes on hold. But then August rolls around, and parents start to panic. “School is only two weeks away!” There are classes to confirm, backpacks to fill, jeans to buy and lunches to plan, all while preparing our kids mentally and emotionally for a new school year. To help make this a successful transition – meaning less anxiety for kids AND caregivers… Continue Reading →
Keep Summer Break From Breaking You
July 5, 2017
  For many parents, school can’t wrap up fast enough. The early-morning scramble, the late-night projects, the checking backpacks / homework / due dates / EVERYTHING – it all adds up to overwhelming. But now that we’re well into the break, a whole new dynamic could be making these long summer days seem a little too long. Can you keep sibling squabbles, activities, childcare issues and more from putting a damper on your summer? Yes!… Continue Reading →
Budget Summer Activities
June 29, 2017
  Summer time brings about exciting opportunities for children and families as well as many potential challenges. Keeping children active, entertained and giving them continued room to learn and grow can sometimes be difficult for parents who are working or who have limited finances. It’s also important to keep in mind your child’s individual needs especially for those children who experience sensory related issues, struggle in social situations, or who are impulsive or easy to… Continue Reading →
Summer Sibling Health
June 23, 2017
  Every kid looks forward to summertime because it means some time off from school, but it has the potential to be much less exciting for parents of multiple children. Playtime can quickly turn into arguments, which can escalate into screaming and crying. Summertime arguments between siblings leave everyone unhappy. If you have a close relationship with a sibling, you know that the friendship between siblings is something special. Ashley Petray, therapist at Methodist Family… Continue Reading →
Purposeful Parenting
June 19, 2017
With kids being home in the summer, it’s the perfect time to practice purposeful parenting! Parenting can be difficult at times – it takes courage, commitment, and consistency. It is being flexible when necessary and understanding that even with misbehavior, children are trying to communicate their need for help. Discipline is to teach, so it is important to understand positive intent in order to help children be successful. A child's purpose in life is to… Continue Reading →
Bright Night
May 26, 2017
We are excited to announce a brand new event taking place on August 4 at Big Rock Fun Park – BRIGHT NIGHT! With a night full of mini golf, laser tag, go-karts and more, Bright Night will mean brighter days for children and families served by Methodist Family Health! Tickets are $30 per person in advance or at the door. Click here to purchase! Contact Denise Luft at dluft@methodistfamily.org or 501.906.4201 today. Continue Reading →
Help, hope and healing for grieving children
May 8, 2017
More than a million children nationwide will lose a parent by age 15. Many more will lose siblings, other relatives, caregivers, and close friends. These profound losses affect daily lives, academic and social functioning, and growth toward adulthood. Furthermore, research shows that adult depression, schizophrenia, drug problems, and alcohol use may all be linked to childhood bereavement. Camp Healing Hearts provides a safe and caring environment for children ages 5-18 and their families who have… Continue Reading →
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 →