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Grateful Thanks to Project MKC

Project MKC (formerly Making Kids Count) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in northeast Ohio dedicated to the most vulnerable in our community — our children. Alta Behavioral Healthcare is one of several agencies in our area who benefit from the wonderful work done by Project MKC. Their Diaper Bank meets …


Independent Living Skills Your Child Needs Before Moving Away from Home

We talk a lot about the many services Alta Behavioral Healthcare provides to children and their families. But we also work with teens and young adults on a variety of issues. For example, we often help individuals ages 19-21 in dealing with the transition to adulthood and independence. Making the decision …


Working with Children Who Have Undergone Trauma Affects Those Helping Them Too

We’ve written in a previous blog about Alta Behavioral Healthcare’s Trauma Care programs, which are the most comprehensive in the Mahoning Valley. Under the direction of Meg Harris, LPC, Community Support and Trauma Supervisor, Alta has also developed a Trauma Informed Care Program designed to train other community organizations, businesses and/or schools …


Coping with Grief This Holiday Season

With the coming of the holidays, you and your family may be experiencing joy recalling years of wonderful memories — or the dread of facing this season differently than you have in the past. If you’ve lost a loved one or experienced another tragedy this year, you may find the …


Please Vote YES on Issue 2 (Mental Health and Recovery Levy)

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. We urge everyone to vote YES for Issue 2, which supports the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board. This is a 1.35-mill (0.85-mill renewal and a 0.5-mill increase) levy for five years for current expenses that will raise $5,429,527 annually. This funding is vital …


Be Aware of Suicide Warning Signs — and ACT

by Sarah Babyak National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is an opportunity for a difficult topic to be more widely discussed in our society and communities. It’s a time to highlight resources, share stories and provide facts in an effort reduce the stigma on this emotional and personal topic. We use …


What Does Temperament Mean for You and Your Infant or Toddler?

Temperament describes the way any individual — regardless of age — approaches and reacts to the world. It is a personal “style” that is present from birth, and an important feature of social and emotional health. The compatibility between a parent and his or her child’s temperament can impact the quality …


Treating Teens’ Depression May Have a Ripple Effect on Their Families

 Excerpted from The Atlantic, August 11, 2018 Preliminary new research, presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association on Saturday, suggests that when depressed teens go through some version of mental-health treatment, symptoms of depression in their parents lessen. The finding, based on a study of 325 American …


The Benefits of Outside Play

by Sarah E. Macovitz, LSW Growing up, I was always told by my parents, grandparents, teachers and neighbors that playing outside was “good for you.” Of course, this was long before cell phones, video games or other electronic devices that keep our attention nowadays. I have been working on loads …


The Silent Tragedy Affecting Today’s Children

by Victoria Prooday NOTE: The following article appeared in a blog written by Victoria Prooday for the website Faithit. Ms. Prooday is a registered Occupational Therapist, Psychotherapist, and founder and clinical director of a multidisciplinary clinic for children and parents. The views expressed in this article are her own, and do not …


Suicide Is Preventable – Get Help

The well-publicized recent suicides of two celebrities has resulted in a surge of calls to suicide hotlines nationwide. It’s a good time to remind everyone that help is available for those who are in despair. If you or someone you know is hurting, please seek out the support you need. …


Using Verbal Reinforcement with Your Child

by Louise Kotel, LSW Kids tend to have good days and bad. As parents, it’s easy to focus on the bad moments, times and days. We’re quick to redirect, consequent, and become frustrated with behaviors our children are displaying. We tend to get the negative reports from school, daycare and/or …


Expert Recommends Ways to Talk to Your Children About School Shootings

Source: CNYCcentral.com The horrific images coming out of Texas and Florida following recent school shootings are difficult for adults to process, so how can we help our children make sense of the something so awful? “As adults it’s so easy for us to want to put our own worries or …


Yikes…I mean yay! It’s summer!!

Do you dream about and anticipate the warm, lazy days of summer…until they’re actually here? Do you then start to loathe the thought of kids having too much time on their hands? Within minutes of school being out for the summer, we start hearing the all-too-familiar words “I’m bored!” — …


Depression Through the Eyes of a Teenager

Recently one of our Alta Behavioral HealthCare clients created a poem about Depression and shared it with us. We feel this poem and accompanying illustration gives a powerful insight into what it can be like to suffer from this condition. With the permission of the client and the client’s parents, …