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Tuesday, August 22, 2023

The youth suicide crisis - and what Beech Brook is doing to address it

During the pandemic, Beech Brook predicted there would be a second wave of trouble coming. A mental health crisis. Today, there is more disturbing evidence that the wave is upon us; and while the roots of the problem go back much further than the pandemic, the pandemic and its aftermath... Continue Reading

Thursday, June 15, 2023

LGBTQ+ Youth and the protective factors that support their mental health

June is LGBTQ+ awareness month. Nearly 5% of people in Ohio identify as LGBTQ+, so this is not a small number, nor is it unusual that Beech Brook serves kids that are LGBTQ+. In fact, it is more likely because it is considered a risk factor. But maybe not for the... Continue Reading

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Foster kids need safe and supportive homes - and it's up to all of us

I’d like to ask that you take a moment to think of a child in your life - whether they be your own, your grandchild, your niece, or nephew - but a child that you care about. Imagine that when that child was young, a stranger comes to the door... Continue Reading

Thursday, April 13, 2023

When are we going to do something about gun violence?

Last Monday, an 18-year-old West Geauga High School student was arrested for possession of a firearm. The student was in possession of a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun and three fully loaded magazines. He planned to shoot multiple students at the school. The student has been charged with attempted aggravated... Continue Reading

Friday, March 10, 2023

The "Third Wave" Crisis of the Pandemic & Appreciation of our Mental Health Staff

March is Social Work Month, which is the perfect opportunity to share how critical our social workers - and all those dedicated to helping children and families - are to a functioning community. Our next generation needs help, which is more apparent than ever as we approach what I call... Continue Reading

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