The JC Runyon Foundation exists to help students move forward after behavioral health issues have drained their financial resources and hopes for a future.
Striving for Mediocrity
Each Halloween a group of our neighborhood friends gather in our driveway to eat, visit, and assign trick or treating tasks (this means the dads go while the moms stay back with the candy and the fire pit – score one for the moms!) Halloween is usually a pretty big deal in our neighborhood and […]
The New Civil Rights Movement
I recently had the privilege of attending the Kennedy Forum where our nation’s best and brightest minds in the Behavioral Health industry got together to share ideas and cheer each other on. This Forum was a celebration of President John F. Kennedy’s signing of legislation that made Mental Illness a disease that should be treated […]
Parenting 101, 102, and 103
My life is in a unique place right now. I have an adult child (who turns 25 this year, what?!?!) a child who thinks he’s an adult at 19, and a nine year old. It’s almost like I get a do-over. There’s a certain perspective that I have with my youngest that I didn’t have […]
Are You Living in the 10% or the 90%?
It’s already been established that I’m a nerd, so it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that I’ve been watching a lot of Undercover Boss on Netflix lately. Here’s my rationale, each episode is about 45 minutes (about the length of time it takes to cook dinner), I know what’s going to happen and I […]
What Does Forgiveness Mean?
I’m in a book club, actually I’m in two book clubs. Yes, that’s right you can call the Nerd Patrol, I accept it. This month we read The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. In a nutshell the story is about a 90 year old Nazi who is in search of forgiveness from a Jewish family he […]
Support Our Local NAMI
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is doing amazing things for the mentally ill across the nation. Their support services cover all sorts of needs: a help line – education, training and peer support – discussion groups – social networks – on campus support – veterans and military support – diversity support – faith support […]
Scholarship Applications are Updated
I’d like to thank the folks at Strategic Behavioral Health who recently sent a letter to about a thousand leaders in the behavioral health industry that endorsed our little program. Since then, I’ve received several emails from all over the country asking for information regarding our scholarship program. I am floored and honored. As far […]
Over the past several weeks I’ve learned that two dear couple friends of ours have decided to go their separate ways and divorce. I shared this with my mom yesterday and she reminded me that I’m at the age where lots of people divorce after many years of marriage. When I was a young adult […]
Scholar Spotlight – Lewis
Lewis is an incredibly talented cellist. So talented, in fact, right out of high school he was one of two freshman awarded a full ride merit based scholarship to a prestigious Conservatory of Music. But the stress of this rigorous program, almost losing his best friends in a devastating car accident, and the self medication […]