Common Myths about Addiction
Did you know that many people put off getting the help they need for addiction because of societal misconceptions? Read about these myths here, and also about how research contradicts the most common myths:
The New Yorker Peers into the Psychiatric Abyss . . . And Loses Its Nerve
Here’s an interesting opinion piece from the webzine Mad in America on The New Yorker ’s recent article about Laura Delano and the difficulties of going off psychiatric drugs. In the words of author Robert Whitaker, “since then I have been trying to assess, in my own mind, whether it marked a step forward in terms of the media’s coverage of psychiatry and its treatments, or, oddly, a reminder of how, when push comes to shove, the media will reinforce conventional beliefs.”
How to Practice Mindfulness throughout Your Work Day
Mindfulness isn’t about living life in slow motion, it’s about enhancing focus and awareness, both in work and in life. It’s about stripping away distractions and staying on track with individual, as well as organizational, goals. Learn more here about how to practice mindfulness at work:
Mental Health Tip:
Connect with Others through Social Networks
Social networks are made up of the people in our lives who support us, celebrate our successes, and help us deal with problems -- and they make a huge difference in our overall mental health. Here are a few ideas for how to build a strong social network: ask for help, think of new ways to meet people (such as joining a group that shares your interests or taking a class), join a support group, and let go of bad relationships.
Elder Empowerment Month
June is Elder Empowerment Month, and June 15 is National Elder Empowerment Day! Remember to wear purple that day! For details about all the planned (and free!) activities, please view the calendar here:

Agency Spotlight: Pathways to Charity
Pathways is a Catholic Charities peer support group. Participants and staff have been working hard sewing dog and cat toys, animal beds, and cat tunnels for donations. These are available during Pathways’ hours or by calling Pathways at 419-496-0140. To learn more about Pathways, please visit their Facebook page .

Summer Activities for Kids and Families
Enjoy some summer fun with your family at one of these activities compiled by the School/Community Liaisons of Ashland County! The guide features hundreds of activities for you and your family this summer, including art classes and science workshops, day camps and overnight camps, free meals, vacation bible schools, and more!
Upcoming Events
Walking into Wellness

Date: Wednesday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 25

This event is hosted by CCS & Kingston, at Loudonville Golden Center at Loudonville Public Library at 10:00 a.m. on June 19, and on June 25 at Mill Run Place in Ashland at 11:00 a.m. Registration is required for the June 25 session: Please call 419-289-1903 to register.
Leaving a Lasting Legacy Workshop

Date: June 19
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Samaritan on Main

As part of Elder Empowerment Month, The Mental Health & Recovery Board will sponsor this important event, hosted by Diana Spore, MHRB and Kailey Bradley-Thyomas, Hospice of NCO. Registration is required; please call 419-281-3139 or register online .
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.

Dr. Brené Brown, researcher, author, and storyteller at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work