Holiday Tips for Parents with Children who have Mental Illness

The holidays can be a difficult time of year for those struggling with a mental illness. It is very likely that you may know someone who may be facing an emotional or behavioral health issue such as depression, anxiety or

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Adopt-a-Family Donor Spotlight: Heather Stangle-Smith and Nate Smith

This article was originally published in Grunion Gazette on Nov. 28, 2018. When Heather Stangle-Smith and Nate Smith moved to Long Beach three years ago, they were looking to build community. They had heard great things about the city from

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Thomas’ Adopt-A-Family Story

When we think of the holiday season, many of us smile at the thought of spending time with family and friends, eating big meals, exchanging gifts, continuing family traditions and making new memories. For many of the families at The

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Video Games: How They Impact Your Child’s Mental Health

If you are a parent in 2018, chances are your child has played Fortnite, has a PlayStation Plus account, or has downloaded apps online to play on their tablet and/or mobile device. Although allowing your child to play video-games may

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It’s About T.I.M.E. Year Three Update, Pt. 2

This blog post is continued from It’s About T.I.M.E. Year Three Update Pt. 1. To read part one, click here. We’re thrilled to announce the expansion of our It’s About T.I.M.E. program to new schools and the addition of new team

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It’s About T.I.M.E. Year Three Update, Pt. 1

I love my job! “Job” doesn’t even feel like the appropriate word to use here. More accurately, I’d say that I have the privilege of experiencing a mutual caring connection between so many different people every day that I come

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Roll Call Mental Health Training Launch

This past year, The Guidance Center embarked on another exciting film project – this time partnering with Long Beach (LBPD) and Los Angeles Police (LAPD) Departments and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) to develop a series of web-based trainings on

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It’s Time to Amplify Survivors’ Voices

It could be happening to your neighbor or coworker, the person standing behind you in line to get coffee, or even the child playing next to yours on the playground. Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate against age, gender, sexual orientation, economic

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Sunset Sip 2018: Be the Hero of Your Own Story

We put a call out to all local superheroes for Sunset Sip 2018, and what an incredible showing of superpowers we received last Saturday. We’re so incredibly grateful! More than 200 superheroes flocked to Hotel Maya, raised more than $170,000,

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Be the Hero of Your Own Story Explained, Pt. 4

Be the hero of your own story. Unleash your superpowers. That’s what Sunset Sip 2018 is all about. But, how do superheroes and superpowers connect to our mission at The Guidance Center? Last week, Patricia Costales, LCSW shared her perspective

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