Scholar Spotlight

The JC Runyon Foundation exists to help students move forward after behavioral health issues have drained their financial resources and hopes for a future.

It’s Just What We Do

I have to brag for a few minutes. I’m not bragging on myself, but on my youngest brother and his wife. First of all, they would never brag on themselves, ever, it’s just not in their nature. So as the big sister I feel compelled to share with the world (or at least the 100 […]

History and Home

I spent this beautiful weekend catching up with family that I do not get to see often enough and a dear college friend who I hadn’t seen in 20 (has it been that long?) years. On the long drive home I couldn’t help but to think about my history and how it has shaped the […]

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 […]

Marriage Matters

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 […]

Depression in Teens

As the school year ramps back up, so does the stress level for teenagers. I know I’ve talked about this before, but did you know that Depression is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders in the country and it is on the rise as one of the most serious health concerns facing us? […]

Power of Friends

The school year came way too early this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always happy for 8 hours of free time, but this year I just couldn’t seem to get my act together to prepare my 9 year old for a new school year. Mentally, I wasn’t ready to let him go, I guess. […]


Do you ever feeling like your life is a series of “hurry up and wait” moments? As a kid I remember I couldn’t wait to be 10, double digits! Then I couldn’t wait to be a teenager, get my drivers license (only took me 3 tries), graduate from high school, leave home for college, graduate, […]

Poached Eggs

I’ve had what people in the industry call “writers block” for a few weeks. I’ve spent hours sitting in front my laptop staring at the blinking curser. I’ve peered within the shiny screen as though the answers will reveal themselves from deep within my soul. A profound thought will spring from the screen and I […]

Scholar Spotlight – Ellie

Ellie grew up in a typical middle class home with a loving family. And although she was somewhat aware of mental health issues, she really didn’t pay much attention to it. But that all changed her sophomore year of high school when a fellow classmate sexually assaulted her at school. She spent a month trying […]

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