WACO, Texas (August 2017) — The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has awarded Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work (GSSW) a $235,000 grant to expand programming aimed at addressing the mental health and wellness needs of students in the Waco Independent School District. The grant will be used to address the needs of students placed in disciplinary alternative education programs.
Summer is my time to relax, eat too much ice cream, run through the sprinkler in the front yard with my kids, and watch the hummingbirds eat from our Turk’s Cap off the front porch. But because I work on a school calendar schedule and have 3 youngsters who will all be in school this fall, it is impossible to escape the inevitable hanging over our heads: school is only 1 month away! Sorry to bring it up and crush your dreams of endless fire fly chasing at dusk, but I do have some suggestions that will help ease the transition back into school and contribute to a successful school year for kids, families, and teachers alike...
Brian Fikkert, co-author of When Helping Hurts, said, “Poverty alleviation occurs when the power of Christ's resurrection reconciles our key relationships through the transformation of both individual lives and local, national, and international systems.”
To dig into this concept, pastors, missionaries and ministry partners from around the Dallas area recently gathered at the Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid to participate in the first installment of the new Buckner Missions Lecture Series, featuringDr. Jon Singletary, dean of theDiana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University.
Family Services of Greater Houston has provided Bayou City residents with the counseling and guidance needed to create a strong community since 1904. Though obstacles have evolved from influenza and the Great Depression to wartime and cultural change, Wednesday's "Pillars of Strength" luncheon centered around mental health issues. Fitting, as May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale provided the keynote for the night. Her in-depth remarks centered around the ongoing support that she received from immediate family members, and later, the Menninger Clinic. Around age 13, McIngvale first began to experience what she described as "bizarre, intrusive thoughts." She soon became crippled with fear that those close to her would suffer unless she "fixed" it with rituals and repetitive actions. A 12-week stint at the Menninger Clinic placed McIngvale on the road to recovery. She's now founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, runs OCDChallenge.org, and serves as an assistant professor at Baylor University's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.