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I Hear You. I Believe You

I Hear You. I Believe You – is the theme for this year’s Hands of Hope Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign.

Frankly, those simple words can make a difference in a victim’s life.

That was Susan’s experience.

Susan lived in an abusive relationship with her husband. She often had curfews, and had extreme consequences if they were missed. She wasn’t allowed to even make eye contact with other men without him accusing her of cheating on him.  He always complained about how she was just not “wife material” if she didn’t do everything he asked of her or if she didn’t do things the way he thought she should do for him.  Her husband did everything in his power to make sure that she felt like a failure. “He owned me. I was his possession” she recalled.

Although he never hit her; he was extremely emotionally and verbally abusive. Susan describes herself as a friendly person with lots of friends. Yet, she only remembers one friend ever mentioning any concern for her well-being in the relationship. Before she was about to get married one of her friends tried to help by saying she thought her husband to be was “a little jealous”. “I wish what she would have said is, ‘He’s controlling. He’s too jealous. He doesn’t want you to spend time with anyone but him,’” Susan explained.

Years later Susan finally got up her courage and left. She went to the Flannery-Keal Home and is currently working though her trauma from her years in a toxic relationship.

If you know someone who is just starting a new relationship you feel may be toxic and see something that just doesn’t seem right, as a good friend or family member being specific with your concerns is the best way you can assist that person.

Other tips for talking to a friend or family member about a toxic relationship are:

  • Talk to them privately, honestly and specifically about your concerns and what you are seeing.
  • Don’t minimize the relationship’s importance or belittle the abuser. If you do, that can possibly make the victim defensive and more likely to stay in the relationship.

And, most importantly, be patient – a victim will leave their abuser up to seven times and sometimes will choose to never leave.

If you just need reassurance that you are saying the right thing to your friend or family member or want to refer them to an expert, call Hands of Hope’s 24 hour helpline at 765-664-0701.

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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.