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. Read More. 

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Teens and Trauma

Our teens are struggling, especially our teenage girls. Three in five teen girls (57%) said they felt persistently sad or hopeless as part of a Center for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Survey from 2021. …

Our teens are struggling, especially our teenage girls.

Three in five teen girls (57%) said they felt persistently sad or hopeless as part of a Center for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Survey from 2021. That is up from 36 percent in 2011. And 30% said they have seriously considered dying by suicide – a percentage that has risen nearly 60 percent over the past 10 years.

“Our teenage girls are suffering through an overwhelming wave of violence and trauma, and it’s affecting their mental health,” said Kathleen Ethier, director of the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health.

In addition, the CDC report noted a dramatic rise in violent behavior, particularly targeting girls.

The survey which has been conducted every other year for three decades, includes responses from 17,232 U.S. high school students.

Overall, more than 40% of boys and girls said that they had felt so sad or hopeless within the past year that they were unable to do their regular activities, such as schoolwork or sports, for at least two weeks. When researchers looked at gender differences, girls were far more likely to report such feelings than boys.

These startling statistics renew a passion in me about the importance of educating all adults on the critical role we each play in children and teens lives.

It can be difficult at times to connect with a teen as a parent, when often teens are wanting to pull away from family, which is why having other support people in a teen’s life and looking for signs that a teen might be struggling is so important.

 We must also work to reduce trauma that teens and frankly each of us witness and experience. It is critical that we take time to talk to one another, build those relationships which will then lead to trust and a more likely opportunity for a teen to disclose if they are struggling.

Because in the end, violence and trauma affect each one of us and if we want to live in a society free from sadness and hopelessness it starts with each of us.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts call, text, or chat: 988 National Suicide Prevention Line 24 hours a day.

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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.