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n average, one Arkansan dies every 15 hours from suicide. This year, our state’s suicide ranking went from 17th in the United States to 10th – not a statistical ranking to be proud of. As a society, our perception and understanding of suicide is clearly changing. But while we chip away at the colossal stigma that is mental illness one tiny chip at a time, it is clear that change is not coming quickly enough. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-yearolds in Arkansas and the fifth leading cause of death for 10- to 14-year-olds. This year, AY’s Guide to Mental Health focuses not only on suicide prevention, addiction and veterans issues, but also on how to help kids and teens struggling with mental illness. In the pages that follow, we provide practical advice to help recognize and protect children and teens from depression, anxiety, addiction and other emotional difficulties. We talked to healthcare professionals and Arkansas school counselors to find out how we can better care for all the people of Arkansas, especially our children. We are immensely proud of the individuals who agreed to share their difficult stories with us this year. It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable and share your story. The recurring theme from all of them is that they just want to help others. May their kindness and generosity be made manifest by the kind of action needed to help break the cycle and dispel the stigma of these tragic occurrences. This year’s issue will be available to parents and teachers and we will have an online resource guide as well. Visit aymag.com/mentalhealthguide.com

From our Editor, Melanie Kramer

MENTAL HEALTH GUIDE 2017 | VOLUME 2 | ISSUE 2 | AYMAG.COM/MENTALHEALTHGUIDE VICKI VOWELL • VOWELL, INC. CEO PUBLISHER Heather Baker • hbaker@aymag.com EDITOR Melanie Kramer • mkramer@aymag.com ONLINE EDITOR Maggie McNeary • mcneary@aymag.com ART DIRECTOR Jamison Mosley • jmosley@aymag.com GRAPHIC DESIGNER Marrissa Miller • mmiller@aymag.com ASSISTANT GRAPHIC DESIGNER Crystal Warren • cwarren@aymag.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Blair Wallace • bwallace@aymag.com Linda Burlingame • lindaaymag@aol.com Rhonda Price • rprice@aymag.com Wendy Reed • wendy@aymag.com Stephanie Brown • sbrown@aymag.com Becky Wisener • bwisener@aymag.com

CONTRIBUTORS Dwain Hebda, Jillian McGehee, Tracy Courage, Angela Thomas, Rebecca F. Ward, Amy Freer

Mental Health Guide is published annually by Vowell, Inc., 910 W. 2nd St., Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201. Periodicals postage paid at Little Rock, AR and additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to Vowell Inc., 910 W. 2nd St., Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201. Subscription Inquiries: Subscription rate is $15 for one year (12 issues). Single issues are available upon request for $5. For subscriptions, inquiries or address changes, call 501-244-9700. The contents of AY are copyrighted, and material contained herein may not be copied or reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the publisher. Articles in AY should not be considered specific advice, as individual circumstances vary. Products and services advertised in the magazine are not necessarily endorsed by AY.

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WATERSTONE COUNSELING CENTER, LLC 2002 South 48th Street, Suite F Springdale, Arkansas 479.202.6300 www.waterstonecounseling.com

We are a family owned counseling center that provides a full range of outpatient mental health services for individuals, couples, and families. We realize each person’s story is unique and create an emotionally safe environment where we help guide our clients as they overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. SPECIALTIES: — Sex and Pornography Addiction — Affair Recovery — Sex Therapy — Depression and Anxiety — Marriage and Family Issues

WOLFE STREET FOUNDATION 1015 South Louisiana Little Rock, Arkansas 72203 501-372-5662 www.wolfestreet.org

WSF is Arkansas’ largest resource dedicated to recovery for alcoholism and addiction. WSF operates Wolfe Street Center; where safe meeting places, education and outreach is provided. SERVICES: — Open 365 days a year, up to 16 hours a day — 240 recovery meetings a month; meeting schedule at wolfestreet.org — Fellowship Meals – Wednesday’s at 11:30am and Sunday’s at 9am - $5 — No one is ever charged a penny to participate — Education and Outreach Programs

MILLCREEK BEHAVIORAL HEALTH 1828 Industrial Drive Fordyce, Arkansas 71742 870.352.8203 millcreekbehavioralhealth.com

We offer two residential programs for children ages 6-17. The programs include a psychiatric residential treatment program and a program for children with developmental disabilities. SPECIALTIES: — Child and adolescent psychology and mental health — Psychological and developmental testing — Seven Challenges program treating teens with drug and alcohol use — Counseling and behavioral therapy — Psychiatric medication management 7


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Mental Health Guide 2017  

Vowell Inc. is happy to present the annual Mental Health Guide.

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