Caring. Learning. Sharing.
What We Offer and Why
Ephraim Resources of Appleton, Wisconsin offers free online behavioral health education resources and on-location presentations to help people better understand, prevent and deal with mental health problems, addictions and relationship problems so they might live more healthy, free and loved-focused lives. We offer our presentations to schools, workplaces, places of worship, community organizations and other groups.
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 began focusing entirely on behavioral health education.
As we looked deeper into the research, we found that U.S. prevalence rates for many 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 practical solutions are needed. We at Ephraim Resources hope to be a part of the solution process.
As a group, we approach 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 approach problems 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, wisdom and other diverse sources and ways of caring, learning and sharing
Valuing these things does not mean we know 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 and helpful things, and share what we can with interested and concerned others.
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, extreme belief, unhealthy group affiliation or other concern that could develop into more serious life-diminishing problems. Or maybe you or they have a mild version of a behavioral health problem that could be affecting you and others in ways you do not understand.
Are you wondering if this site and the education resources and services we suggest and offer might be helpful to you or someone you know? Please check out these questions. If you answer yes to any number of them, we think you will find something helpful.
- 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 behavior?
- 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?
- Do you need to select a presenter for your group or organization?
- Are you an instructor or professional in a field of study or work that deals with these problems and would be interested in hearing from and conversing with people living out long-term recoveries?
If you do struggle with some of the concerns listed above, it's vitally important to take an good look at yourself, but also to get some helpful feedback from two to three reliable and honest 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.
In addition, there are a 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 self-assessments that may be helpful in getting a clearer picture of yourself. Be mindful though that the reliability of resources vary. Please consider our list of online suggested resources.
To help in the ongoing process of understanding, preventing and dealing with behavioral health problems, we are developing an integrative behavioral health education approach and tool designed to help us all understand more about who we are as persons and how we can be more healthy and live more healthy lives.
We call it The Whole Person - Whole Lifestyle Tool and often share an overview of it in our presentations. It contains lists of our whole person and lifestyle parts and brief descriptions of them. The lists help us assess our strengths and weakness and give us some direction in using our strengths to improve our weaknesses.
Listed below are some of the problems and topics we address in our talks, workshops and other presentations. We tailor our programs to meet the specific needs of our audiences.
Mental Health Problems
- Eating Disorders and Related Problems
- Anxiety Problems and Disorders
- Depression and Mood Problems and Disorders
- Trauma, Stress and Related Problems and Disorders
- Personality Problems and Disorders
- Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic and Delusional Disorders
- Alcohol, Drug, Food and Other Substance Addictions
- Processing and Behavior Addictions
- Money Related Addictions
- Relationship Related Addictions
- Dysfunctional Family Relationships
- Behavioral Management Concerns In Parent - Child Relationships
- Manipulative, Oppressive and Abusive Relationships
- Estranged Relationships
Solution and Prevention Topics
- Reasons Why We Often Fall Short in Our Healthy Intentions, Resolutions and/or Recovery Goals
- A Whole Person--Whole Lifestyle Approach to More Complete and Lasting Changes
- Building Your Team of Helpful Education Resourcers, Treatment Providers and/or Support People
- Hopeful Stories - Helpful Information: Recovering People Share What's Working for Them
- Managing Healthy and Unhealthy Thinking, Beliefs, Emotions, Wants, Choices and Behavior
- Understanding and Managing Healthy and Unhealthy Defenses and Diversions
- Staying Healthy When Helping the Hurting
- When Loved Ones Struggle: Helping Without Unhealthy Enabling
- Finding Freedom from Manipulation, Oppression and/or Abuse
- Keys to More Loving, Healthy, Peaceful and Lasting Relationships
- Reconciling Relationships with Love, Humility, Wisdom, Patience, Amends and Forgiveness
- Understanding and Managing Obstacles to Living a Healthy Lifestyle
- Managing Emotions in a Stressed-Out-Age
- Avoiding Extremes and Increasing Balance in Everyday Life
- Whole Love: Integrating Compassionate Care and Wise Behavior Management in Parenting and Beyond
As a group, our presenters share what they learned from years of professional and/or personal experience in dealing with mental health, addiction and relationship problems. People find their helpful information and hopeful stories informative, encouraging and applicable to their lives.
Fees and Funding
We have no fees or charges for our resources and services. We are funded by voluntary contributions from the people and groups we serve, and by gifts from other generous donors. Payment of some expenses may be required depending on costs.