Posts by BEP

Mental Health Access Legislative Committee

Learn more about the Mental Health Access Legislative Committee’s efforts by following this link to a SDPB story http://www.sdpb.org/blogs/news-and-information/before-it-gets-better-mental-health-access-legislative-committee/ Members of an appointed legislative committee talk about their efforts to study access to mental health services in South Dakota. Guests point out their findings and what recommendations they will bring to the legislature. They also…

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DBT Overview

by Kathryn Fenster, SDSU Graduate Student Have you ever had hard time relating to loved ones when their emotions seem out of control? Do you ever feel at a loss as to how to connect with loved ones when they seem to behave with extreme emotions? Support systems are crucial for individual experiencing emotional difficulties,…

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Rural Mental Health Work: One Therapist’s Journey

(Republished from NAMI) Rural Mental Health Work: One Therapist’s Journey By Jennifer Andrashko, MSW | Oct. 10, 2018   In 2009, my husband and I left Minneapolis and moved to Greater Minnesota—which is Minnesotan for any geographic space outside of the seven-county metropolitan area centered around the Twin Cities. Before we moved, I had conjured up a romantic…

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Meet New BEP Board Member: Teree Nesvold

I am an attorney and am serving as the Brookings County State’s Attorney.  I was appointed to that position in early February 2018 by the County Commissioners.  I graduated from USD Law School in 2014 and have been working in Brookings County since that time, most of which was in the State’s Attorney’s Office as…

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Supporting BEP Through Amazon Smiles

AmazonSmile is an easy way to support BEP every time you shop, and at no cost to you.  When you shop at smile.amazon.com Everything is the same as on the Amazon.com website – same product, same prices, same delivery options with an added bonus that allows you to donate a portion of the purchase price to…

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Darkness Into Light: From Isolation to Invitation

by Pastor Serenity Miller Friends, it’s a tough time of year. People are struggling. Whether you believe seasonal depression is real or not, whether you think mental illness is “all in your head” or not, the reality is it’s a tough time of year, and people are struggling. I am experiencing it. I talk with…

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Mental Health Task Force Update

  by Nikki Eining October included “World Mental Health Day” and “Mental Illness Awareness Week.”  In this spirit, the Brookings City/County and School Board designated Mental Health Taskforce wants to keep the conversation around mental health going. The purpose of the Brookings Mental Health Taskforce is to complete a comprehensive needs assessment, create a roadmap…

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Brookings Crisis Intervention Starts Now

The Crisis Intervention Task Force is in full-swing and ready to impact the community!  Our tiny group’s hard work has paid off and we are starting Crisis Intervention Training on November 5, 2018 at the City/County Building on the third floor.  There will be five days of classes.  November 5, 2018, November 19, 2018, November…

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Book Review: Praise Versus Encouragement

Praise Versus Encouragement By: Dr. Staci Born, EdD, LMFT, RPT-S Rudolf Dreikurs, an early child psychologist taught, “A child needs encouragement like a plant needs water.” That is, a child may not perish without encouragement but they can absolutely wither in its absence. You might be thinking – “of course I encourage my child, I…

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