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June 2018


I hope you are enjoying your summer with family and friends!  Children playing outside, swimming, watching lighting bugs, eating ice cream or snow cones fill us with joy this time of year.  It's a time to treasure before the busyness of the school year begins again.  
Summer is a time of planning and preparation at CFGC as we review our programs and services as well as prepare for our annual signature fundraiser -  the Starfish Benefit on September 22nd.  I hope you will join us!

With the recent suicide tragedies in the news we have included an important article on helping someone severely depressed -- so relevant in our world today.  Please take time to read it.  Mental illness is treatable.

We are extremely privileged to help hurting Texoma children and families heal, recover and move forward with their lives.  Thank you for supporting our story of hope.
Please take a few minutes to catch up with us.
With Gratitude,
Brenda Hayward
Executive Director
Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma

What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed
By  Heather Murphy,
 condensed version reprinted from The New York Time June 7, 2018

There are no easy answers for helping someone struggling with depression, especially if you've already tried and tried. Here are some tips from experts .

At a suicide prevention event at Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla Wash. last month, participants choose necklaces of different colors representing how suicide had affected their lives. Credit Greg Lehman Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via Associated Press

Reports of Kate Spade's suicide and  struggle with depression  instantly transformed her from symbol of polished prep to a blunt reminder that suffering affects all types. Three days later we woke to the  news  that another beloved figure, Anthony Bourdain, had taken his life.
These two tragedies have inspired hundreds to tweet some version of the same message: Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. 
But deep in the comment threads, some have also been debating a more uncomfortable question: What do you do when a friend is depressed for such a long time that you've started to feel that that nothing you can do will make a difference, and your empathy reserves are tapped out? There are no easy answers. But here are some tips from experts:

Click here to view full article.

Here For Texas
New Mental Health Resource for Texans

Thanks to the Grant Halliburton Foundation, there is a new website  Here For Texas that includes   a comprehensive database of Texas mental health providers and resources.  CFGC is listed on the website along with several others in our region.
We have joined with the Texoma Behavioral Health Leadership Team to encourage all providers throughout Texoma to be included in this excellent resource for anyone needing mental health services. Please check it out .

CFGC Open House Thank you and Celebration! 

Thanks to everyone who attended the June 1st Open House.  We proudly shared our newly carpeted and painted facility funded by the Children's Clinic of Sherman and the Oliver Dewey Mayor Foundation.  Our staff were stationed throughout the building to welcome guests and share program and services information.

It was also a time for us to thank the wonderful volunteers of the Sherman Service League and Sisters of Service for their tireless volunteering for the past 15 years making and donating Operation Warm Fuzzy (OWF) blankets for our clients.  The OWF program was created and founded by Sarah Fallon (16 years old at the time.) Its legacy continues to provide love, safety and security to all the children at CFGC.   

Left to right: CFGC board member, Stacy Rake Murphy, CFGC Board Member, Twila Crick, CFGC board member and SSL past president, Leigh Ann Sims,  SSL member, Sarah Whitt, Staci Wright, CFGC board member, Wendy Acosta, SOS president, Haley Snavely, SOS OWF chair, Kennedy Derzapf, CFGC board member, Frank Gadek, CFGC Development/Program Director, Colleen Callister, LPC.

House Passes Trauma-Informed Care Resolution
In 2016, CFGC Board of Director's approved the agency to become a fully integrated trauma informed organizaition through the adoption of the SAMSHA model of care.  CFGC invested in the process throughout 2017 training staff and board as well as increasing awareness of trauma informed care for many of our collaborative partners.   

We are thrilled the  S. Res 346 trauma informed care bill has been passed.  Please read about the process and the resolution.  The resolution declares May, 2018 at National Trauma Awareness Month and  May 22nd at National Trauma-Informed Awareness Day. 

Presented Bob Utter Ford-Lincoln and Blake Utter Ford
Red River Title Company 

Mark your calendar  for Saturday, September 22nd
 and get ready to be inspired!  
Immerse yourself in a relaxed atmosphere with live jazz music, enjoy delectable food, desserts and libations.

Make a difference while having fun!
  Click here for sponsorship opportunities and reservations to the event. 

Winner's Choice Raffle...Tickets On Sale Now!

All trips valued at $4,200+. Airfare and hotel included, 
except Ireland adventure. 
Tickets $100.00 each.  Drawing September 22.
Need not be present to WIN!

    For trip descriptions and to purchase tickets, click here.

Quote from last year's lucky winner:

Dear Ms. Hayward,

I want to express my sincere thanks to the Child and Family Guidance Center of Texoma for giving me a wonderful vacation.  I was the lucky winner last year at the Starfish Benefit, with an opportunity to chose a trip of my choice.  

My husband and I spent my birthday this last week in Scottsdale Arizona at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. It was a first class trip! We had an opportunity to play the TPC Scottsdale champions golf course, and we had a lot of fun!

We enjoyed wonderful food and swam in four of their six pools. It was a very relaxing trip and one that we both enjoyed immensely!

Thank you again and continued success for such a worthy cause.

Beverly Carter

Two More LPC Interns Earn Their Hours at CFGC!

Congratulations to Courtney Lemmond and  Michael Kowalski  for completing their 3000 field hours required to become a fully licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas.  Both have done an outstanding job in CFGC's Licensed Professional Therapy Program.  We are immensely proud of them!  

Join CFGC for a Free Mental Health Seminar 

Colors of the Mind series. Visually attractive backdrop made of elements of human face and colorful abstract shapes suitable as element for layouts on mind reason thought emotion and spirituality
  The Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma  proudly presents  a Mental Health Professional Training Seminar scheduled for October 19th at the Austin College Wright Center. 

Plans are underway to expand our annual mental health training seminar to include an afternoon component.

Topics will include the trauma informed care model and mental health challenges in schools. 

More details and registration information to come!
Breakfast and CEU's included

Happy Thoughts!
Little kids eating yummy ice cream

Summer time: simple pleasures!