Safe Harbor - Jon Thomsen on the left and Casey Lopez on the right

From Agents of Chaos to Agents of Recovery

Publisher : Community Alliance Staff
Submitted on May 6, 2021

Peer support workers at Safe Harbor are people who have been successful in the recovery process and are dedicated to supporting others through similar circumstances. Through shared understanding, respect and mutual empowerment, peer support specialists can help those in need stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. In their own […]

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One Family’s Loss Becomes an Opportunity To Fight Stigma, Spread Awareness and Grow Support

Publisher : Community Alliance Staff
Submitted on May 6, 2021

When Mike Kutilek began experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety, it was a surprise. After all, he had been a stellar student and a driven entrepreneur – always starting little businesses. And when his family started noticing changes in his behavior and brought these changes to his attention, he rejected what they had to say. […]

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Our Volunteers are Helping Us Make A Positive Impact

Publisher : Community Alliance Staff
Submitted on March 31, 2021

What’s in it for you? Positive health outcomes. Did you know that volunteering may benefit you as much as it benefits us at Community Alliance? In fact, when you volunteer, you have the chance to learn new skills, gain personal insights and make new social connections – all while supporting others in your community. Beyond […]

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Mental Health Counseling Support at Community Alliance Has Become More Important Than Ever

Publisher : Community Alliance Staff
Submitted on March 31, 2021

Counseling Awareness Month takes on a new level of importance during a pandemic, when every life has been impacted in some way by worry and stress. Even prior to the COVID-19 crisis, the numbers for those struggling with mental health were on the rise. According to a report by the nonprofit, Mental Health America:  1 […]

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Long-Term Recovery Possible for Those Experiencing a First Episode of Psychosis

Publisher : Community Alliance Staff
Submitted on March 2, 2021

Each year, nearly 100,000 adolescents and young adults experience a first episode of psychosis. Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t real), delusions (beliefs that aren’t based in reality), distorted thoughts, an inability to think clearly or speech that doesn’t make sense are all potential signs of psychosis – and all are scary to the […]

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COVID-19 Update: Prevention is Still Your Best Defense

Publisher : Community Alliance Staff
Submitted on March 2, 2021

A year ago this month, we were just hearing about a new virus that was spreading across the country and the world. Now, just 12 months later, 29 million people have been infected by COVID-19 in the U.S. and more than 500,000 of our citizens have died. At Community Alliance, doing our part to follow […]

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Recovery is a Family Journey

Publisher : Community Alliance Staff
Submitted on February 2, 2021

Certainly, mental illness challenges the individual with the diagnosis, but it also has a serious impact on family and loved ones. At the same time, the active support of those family members and loved ones can be vital to recovery. “Going clear back to the 1940’s, the stigma associated with mental illness has prevented people […]

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Practicing Positivity

Publisher : Community Alliance Staff
Submitted on February 1, 2021

Is the glass half full or half empty? Is it really a big controversy when we have the opportunity to take advantage of a free refill? Either way, there’s still a personal investment involved in changing your mindset. Sometimes the state of our emotional health can be impacted by how we’re treating our bodies. The good […]

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Life with Mental Illness: One Family’s Story

Publisher : Community Alliance Staff
Submitted on December 22, 2020

No one is immune to the impact of a mental health disorder Mental illness is a disease that affects the whole family. And family caregivers are not immune to the impact the disease has on them as they strive to provide care for loved ones. The stress and isolation can be overwhelming. A NAMI study […]

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Combatting Isolation in a Time of Coronavirus

Publisher : Community Alliance
Submitted on December 22, 2020

At a time when we’re all being cautioned to stay at home to save lives, it’s no surprise that so many people are struggling with loneliness. But even before coronavirus began to spread worldwide, millions of people were struggling with social isolation. Mental health experts were already concerned about an epidemic of loneliness and isolation […]

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