The fall has begun—with all the anticipation of a new season—brisk weather, sports events, nature giving us beautiful arrays. In the schools-students are back in person—connecting with friends and learning together again.
After the past two years of intense stress and frequent changes in schedules and models of education, Taos Behavioral Health (TBH) gave its youth clients a wonderful summer. As school starts again and our services return to in-school and after-school sessions, we reflect with satisfaction on the summer.
Everyone knows where they are. All you have to say is “You know those two buildings that are all completely painted with bright images?” “Oh yes—they are right on Paseo Del Canon East. You are there?!”
As his team raced down the court, he pulled down his mask and shouted instructions and encouragement. As she sat on the front row bench with her team—they were restless and continually stood up and down to move near and talk with her. The audience was loud with enthusiastic cheers and shouts as Taos won—56-31. [Read more…] about Giving Back to their Community
“Imagine waking up to home filled with alcoholism and violence–immersed in gang culture and street mentality; struggling to survive. Where do you go? What do you do? “ Tony Struck was faced with these very questions at an early age. [Read more…] about Giving Back in Full Measure!
Depression, suicidal thoughts, extreme anxiousness, alcohol and drug use, aggression. These are all things we hope will not trouble our children. How can we keep them safe and thriving?
“When you push life, it will push you back!” declared Eric Mares, clinical director at Taos Behavioral Health (TBH). “I see it in a lot of ways at TBH as people have strong expectations and believe life is returning to how it was before COVID.”
As this deeply sorrowful year winds down, all of us at Taos Behavioral Health (TBH) know that for ourselves, for our clients, for our community, sharing positive thoughts is critical for sustaining our lives. We have much to grieve but we also have an abundance of gifts to celebrate.
“I am having a bad Christmas because I am not with my family!” said a TBH youth client in foster care. “But this is the best break I have ever had because when I come to camp, they help me to not feel alone.”
We are undergoing difficult times related to our lack of cohesion as a nation that take me back to my service on the Army staff in the Pentagon. I was responsible for the issues related to race, drugs and alcohol, sexual harassment and all other discipline issues. Back in the early eighties, the nation was still suffering from the Vietnam malaise that made the task of creating an effective volunteer force even more problematic. While there were many views offered, the consensus in how to make the Army a more cohesive force, centered on generating team spirit, confidence and caring and mutual respect through realistic training.