As of January 18, 2023, Grant Blackford Mental Health and Family Services Society have merged to become Radiant Health. Read More. 

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Motherhood: Our Privilege

Disclaimer: I wrote this particular blog in April 2012 and have been sitting on it all this time. After some recent conversations with women who are navigating the obstacle course of kids in their late …

My daughter looked at me with complete disdain this morning muttering about my stupidity under her breath. By lunch time I had received three text messages containing trivial content about the upcoming prom plans. And by the time she arrived home from school, she was calling me “mommy”; something she reserves for times when she wants something above and beyond.

You see, my daughter is a high school senior. This elastic band of a relationship we have right now is necessary and painful. I watch as she fights for freedom and snaps back to being a child. My woman child.

She is scared. She won’t say it.

I am scared. I won’t say it.

My first-born. The one whom I really believed I was born to parent. I had it all wrong.

She was born to give me the privilege of motherhood and to teach me humility and the important lesson of self-sacrifice.

I’m scared I didn’t do right by her. I didn’t give her the gift of street smarts. In my effort to protect her, did I handicap her? Did I give her too much or too little of the character building opportunities that only failure and trial and error produce? And most importantly, does she know she was and is worth it? All of it?

I’m not an overly sentimental person. I’ve been described as aloof and direct, not sappy. So it was much to my surprise what great pleasure I experienced from putting together a simple scrapbook of my daughter’s school years. The trials of the past few years made me forget what an accomplished young woman she is. It’s good to remember. I’m so proud of her.

To all you parents–it’s okay to be scared. We are privileged. Congratulations as you release one from the nest this year.

Fast Forward: My daughter, pictured above, is a full-time banker and is exploring the future she really wants for herself. Caroline, if you are reading this today, we love you and are so proud of you.

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We're Radiant Health.

On January 19th, 2023 Grant Blackford Mental Health, Inc. and Family Service Society, Inc. merged to create a bigger, better, and brighter mental health organization called 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.