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Porter-Starke Encourages Mindfulness with Dedication of New Labyrinth

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On Wednesday afternoon, Porter-Starke Services welcomed the community to their dedication of the newest labyrinth in Valparaiso. Located on the corner of Wall Street and Cumberland Drive, the labyrinth is open year-round for the public’s use.

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Dr. Ron Siegel Brings Mindfulness to Porter-Starke Services’ 2018 Living Health Balance & Hope Symposium

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Early Thursday morning at Harre Union on the Valparaiso University campus, Porter-Starke Services Foundation hosted their 2018 Living Health, Balance & Hope Symposium with special guest Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD. The annual symposium helps educate, advocate, and celebrate mental health and wellness, and features leaders and innovators from the field speaking on a variety of subjects.

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Porter Starke Services and Marram Health Centers Honor Employees at Annual Employee Recognition Awards

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Porter Starke Services and Marram Health Centers are known for their commitment and dedication to the community and clients they serve. With employees who consistently work to help others, it only makes sense to recognize them from time to time. That’s why each year they hold their employee recognition awards, providing much need praise, scholarships, and awards to those who have worked hard for them over the years.

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Porter Regional Hospital Hosting 'Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders' Program in September

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Mood and anxiety disorders during and after pregnancy are a very real problem for millions of women in the U.S. Porter Regional Hospital is offering a free program to the community with an expert speaker to help navigate the complex questions around this topic.

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St. Catherine Hospital, Mental Health America Celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month

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Mental Health America of Lake County is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the communities it serves by providing programs and services to families dealing with mental health issues.

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Franciscan Health: Focus On - Seasonal Affective Disorder


Franciscan-Health-Focus-On-Seasonal-Affective-DisorderSeasonal Affective Disorder, commonly called SAD, doesn’t just occur when the days get shorter and colder, it also can happen when they are longer and warmer, said Jean Lubeckis, a Franciscan Alliance licensed mental health therapist.

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Community Healthcare System Expanding Behavioral Health Reach Serves Northwest Indiana

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For more than 50 years, one health system's mental health division has stood above all others in delivering compassionate and expert care to some of society's most vulnerable members.

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Indiana Mental Health Centers Aim to Improve Infant Health


rot001Eight community mental health centers are working together to improve infant health in Indiana through their participation in a pilot program aimed at helping women deliver healthy babies.

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3 Tips for Working with Oppositional Defiance in Teens


Brain-Balance-Tips-for-Working-with-Oppositional-Defiance-in-TeensAt first glance, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) may sound like your average teenager: defiant, argumentative and irritable. However, ODD becomes a classifiable disability when a child shows behaviors that are repeatedly and chronically disruptive or vindictive, and that interfere with their daily life. How should parents and teachers best address these behaviors, which can often escalate quickly? The following series of steps will help limit ODD episodes, which are ultimately about the child gaining control of a situation, and not necessarily acting out.

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Brain Basics: A Brain in Sync


brain-balance-SFThe idea of a functional relationship between the left and right sides of the brain is hardly new. In 1949, Canadian neuropsychologist Donald O. Hebb, PhD, famously concluded that “cells that fire together wire together” after he conducted research to figure out how the brain thinks and processes information. The adage means that brains cells that are activated, fired, and come to threshold at the same time will literally build physical connections to one another. In order for this to happen, timing is crucial, especially during early brain development. If neurons don’t fire at precisely the right time, the connection doesn’t happen and it is lost forever. This glitch can happen at any time, especially in the womb when early right brain development is taking place. This is why pregnancy is such a vulnerable time for autism to...

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VNA Phoenix Center Helping Lost and Hurting Teens and Children Feel Whole Again

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The mission of the VNA of NWI is to be the most patient-focused provider of aging, hospice, palliative, and grief support services in Northwest Indiana. VNA is all about caring and one of the ways they do that is to provide grief support programs for children at the VNA Phoenix Center in Valparaiso.

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