Who’s Graduating at Netsmart?

While we spared them from parading around in a cap and grown, we still recognized the 2018 SOAR and inSPIRE participants on their recent graduation. The programs provide year-round support and resources to current and emerging Netsmart leaders. Grounded in the five LeadSmart Expectations, both programs aim to expand each participant’s leadership skills and potential. To ensure we continue to increase innovation, productivity and incorporate the Netsmart mission, it’s vital we invest in our leadership. Continue reading to learn more about the SOAR and inSPIRE programs.

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Janet’s Wish

It’s always a pleasure to learn of an associate’s personal connection to a cause or community we serve. Netsmart associate April McClure found a personal connection to the Care at Home community after her mother received hospice care. Discover how fulfilling her mother’s final request led to the creation of Janet’s Wish, an organization that grants gifts of comfort to hospice patients.

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Our Adoption: One Family’s Journey

Nov. 16 is adoption awareness day. We spoke with one Netsmart associates about his family’s adoption journey in hopes of learning, inspiring and educating ourselves about an experience had by many. Check out Netsmart associate Kyle Christiansen’s experience with adoption as he and his wife expanded their family.

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Recognizing Our Veterans

To all veterans, we’d like to express our appreciation for your service, today and every day.

Millions of individuals who have worn the uniforms of the armed forces are forever changed by their time in the service. These individuals have unique skillsets and backgrounds they carry as some transition into the civilian workforce. We’re grateful to work alongside these honorable individuals, and to partner with organizations that provide support to veterans nationwide. Check out our veteran recognition video to hear from a U.S. Navy and Army veteran that are now Netsmart associates.

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How Stigma Stunts Mental Health Care

According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five adults in the U.S. live with a mental health condition. While half of all mental health conditions begin by the age of 14, the majority are undetected and untreated (World Health Organization). This equates to millions of Americans who face the reality of living with a mental illness each day. While conditions range from managing worries concerning everyday life to chronic conditions like severe depression; each impact how someone thinks, feels and behaves.

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Extending Suicide Awareness Beyond September

In addition to the opioid epidemic, Dr. Joe Parks with the National Council for Behavioral Health encourages awareness around the suicide epidemic. As the nation’s suicide rate continues to rise, it’s imperative we address it. By understanding the warning signs and asking if someone has thoughts of suicide, you can become part of the solution.

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Living With Suicide

While it’s possible to heal thoughts of suicide, for some, the thoughts periodically resurface. Whether the individual encounters a failure, loss or just an awful day, harmful thinking patterns can reappear regardless of how much healing has occurred. While we often bear little control over our thoughts, we can control our actions.

To help spread awareness, a brave Netsmart associate shares how her son continues to face his past with suicide on CareThreads. Through open discussion, support and the recognition of an individual’s triggers, once perceived unmanageable thoughts can be managed. It is possible to live alongside suicide.

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