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A Personal Experience with Mental Health

Looking back now, I realize that my dad struggled with anxiety and occasional mental health battles throughout his life. It’s sad to think that my parents didn’t understand the benefits of addressing mental health issues …

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to shedding light on the importance of mental health and breaking the stigma that surrounds it. As I reflect on my own experiences, I am reminded of a pivotal moment in my life that underscores why this awareness is so critical.

Growing up, my dad was the epitome of strength and stoicism. A Nebraska State Trooper, he adhered to a rigid schedule, alternating between night and day shifts every two weeks. Despite the demands of his job, he always seemed unshakable—until the day he couldn’t get out of bed.

It wasn’t physical illness or exhaustion that kept him there. It was the weight of realizing that my brother, a teenager at the time, was using marijuana. For my dad, this was more than just a legal issue. It was a profound personal blow, one that made him feel like he had failed as both a father and a law enforcement officer. Living in a small, rural town with a proud German heritage, he had always believed in solving problems on his own. But this time, it was different.

As a 17-year-old, I didn’t understand what was happening. My dad, usually a man of few words, was suddenly immobilized by his emotions. Mental health wasn’t something we talked about, and the notion of seeking help was foreign. I overheard whispers about bringing in a state patrol psychiatrist to talk to him, but I never knew if that actually happened. Eventually, he returned to his usual self, and the incident was never discussed again.

Looking back now, I realize that my dad struggled with anxiety and occasional mental health battles throughout his life. It’s sad to think that my parents didn’t understand the benefits of addressing mental health issues openly and proactively. Fortunately, my career at Family Service Society has taught me the importance of mental health, and I am passionate about spreading this knowledge.

Mental Health Awareness Month, established in 1949, serves as a crucial reminder that mental health is just as important as physical health. Despite the progress made over the decades, there is still work to be done to ensure everyone feels comfortable seeking help. Organizations like Radiant Health are making strides to make mental health services accessible to all, but it requires a collective effort to diminish the stigma.

We must continue to emphasize the importance of mental health awareness and encourage open conversations. If you or someone you know is struggling, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. The 24-hour suicide and crisis lifeline (988) is available for immediate support.

At Hands of Hope, we are committed to championing mental health awareness. By cultivating hope and empowering choice, we strive to create a community where everyone feels supported. Remember, addressing mental health challenges doesn’t make us weak—it makes us stronger.

Let’s embrace mental health awareness this month and beyond. Together, we can create a world where everyone feels empowered to seek the help they need and deserve.

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We're Radiant Health.

As of January 18, 2023, Grant Blackford Mental Health and Family Services Society, two organizations that merged in April 2022, rebranded under the unified name Radiant Health.

We’re excited for you to meet the new us, and to get a chance to help work together on the new you.

How we help.

When you’re in the middle of it, addiction can feel like a dead-end road. We know for certain that it isn’t. Just like any mental health challenge, addiction is an obstacle on our path. And, with some innovation and hardwork, we can work our way around it. On the other side of that obstacle is a bright future with healthy relationships, purpose-driven life, and a profound joy that’s been missing for all too long.

What do we mean?

Like so many things, mental health is passed down through families. Through behaviors, mirroring, and conditioning, we learn so much of what we know from those closest to us. Oftentimes that’s for the better, sometimes it’s not. At Radiant Health, we’re here to help ensure that your family makes purpose and joy as hereditary as any trait you might pass down to future generations. With a bit of hard word, together, we can make joy run in your family. 

What is Better?

Better ≠ perfect. Better means a path of continuous improvement; of evolution. When we focus on getting 1% better, 1% brighter every single day., we’re able to see the joy in the moment, while feeling the pride that comes with taking the reins over your life and working hard on yourself.  Here at Radiant, to focus on your future, we move towards it one achievable step at a time. 

What is Better Care?

When we talk about “brighter, better care” through our specialized services it boils down to 3 simple ideas. First, better care is safer care. Our facilities and staff are trained and equipped to offer safe, secure facilities during any stay. Second, better care is a respect for dignity. We believe in the dignity of every human being and we treat each person with the same level of respect. Finally, better care is the pursuit of purpose. Our treatment is designed with the firm belief that every person has purpose and, through it, finds joy.

What to Expect?

At Radiant Health you can expect a warmth and cheer that are rare in the mental health space. We believe firmly that the commitment to mental health is a commitment to finding purpose, but also discovering joy in the pursuit of it. Walking through our doors is a simple and transparent process. You’ll begin with an initial consultation with our expert staff, developing a blueprint, and taking that first step towards incremental improvement.