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What We Offer and Why
Ephraim Resources of Appleton, Wisconsin reviews and suggests online behavioral health education resources that might help people better understand, prevent and deal with mental health problems, addictions and relationship problems.
Founded in 1995 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, we provided both counseling and community behavioral health education services without fees. After 19 years, we discontinued our counseling services and recently stopped offering on-location health education presentations.
Mental health, addiction and relationship problems have been slowly increasing for decades, as have rates for suicide and other concerns associated with these problems. Yet over the past decade, the rates for a good number of these problems and their associated concerns have been growing in unprecedented ways, especially in children, youth and young adults. Similar things are happening worldwide.
Fortunately, knowledge and understanding of these problems is also growing. There is cause for hope. Still, far too many individuals, families, schools, and other groups are left struggling to deal with the problems on a day-to-day basis, at all levels of society--micro to macro. More research, education and practical solutions are needed.
As a group, we have approached mental health, addiction and relationship problems from multiple backgrounds and perspectives.
- As people who studied, worked and volunteered in the health, psychology, counseling, education, business, nonprofit and related fields and professions
- As people who personally dealt with one or more of these problems, and are now recovering
- As people who have loved ones who struggle with behavioral health problems
- As people who look for solutions from an integrative whole person--whole lifestyle perspective
- As people who value things such as reliable science, life experience, education, reasoning, history, literature, the arts, theology and virtues such as love, truth, honesty, humility, compassion, kindness, balance, moderation and wisdom.
Valuing these things does not mean we understand them completely or live them out fully, far from it. We know things in part and live them out in part. Still, we have learned some important things and recommend resources we think others might find helpful.
How About You?
Are you or someone you know struggling with a behavioral health problem? Maybe it is not a full-blown problem, but some kind of persistent stress, unhealthy habit, harmful behavior, relationship issue, aging issue, imbalance, unhealthy group affiliation or other concern that could develop into more serious life-diminishing problems. Or maybe you or someone you know has a mild version of a behavioral health problem that could be affecting you or them in ways not fully understood.
Please check out these questions. If you answer yes to any number of them, we think you will find something helpful the resources we suggest.
- Are you or someone you know struggling with one or more the of the following: fears, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, depression, hopelessness, irritability, anger, pride, shame, thinking problems, mood swings, unintended weight gain or loss, lack of self-care, abuse, conflicts with others, isolation from others, parenting concerns, obsessions, compulsions, or lack of self-control with alcohol, drugs, food, money, sex, tech use, gambling, shopping, working and/or other things or behaviors?
- Are you in recovery, but not doing as well as you hoped?
- Are you interested in learning more about an approach to behavioral health problems that includes more of your whole person and whole lifestyle?
If you do struggle with some of the concerns listed above, it's vitally important to educate yourself. It's also important be honest with yourself and get some helpful feedback from two or three reliable people in your life--people you trust, live with, work with or go to school with. Ask them if they have any concerns about you, your thinking, beliefs, behavior and/or lifestyle. Ask them to be specific about their concerns and then really listen. We all need the reflections of trustworthy others so that we might see ourselves more clearly.
We suggest that you checkout the many helpful and free education resources available online and in local libraries and other places. Many of these resources have lists of signs and symptoms of problems or even self-assessments that may be helpful in getting a more clear picture of your concerns. Yet, be mindful that the reliability of resources vary. Consider our list of online suggested resources.