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The LOSS Team for Suicide Survivors - Podcast

We talked with Tracy Maddoux from Denton County MHMR about the LOSS Team, which is a program that provides immediate support and resources to suicide survivors (someone who has lost a loved one to suicide) as close to the time of their loss as possible. Suicide survivors volunteer to be part of the LOSS Team, which brings a different sense of comfort and hope that mental health professionals can't provide. Denton County is fortunate to be one of two counties in Texas that have a LOSS Team in place. They are fully funded by grants and donations, so if you would like to support their program, you can donate by clicking the button below.

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BBBS Success Story!

Little Sister, Kylor, and Big Sister, Diana, have been together for over a year and a half now enjoying many fun memories! The first time they met at Serve Denton in December 2014, Kylor was sporting a furry Russian Kubanka hat and brought cookies to share. Her Big Sister, Diana, studies at TWU where she is pursuing a PhD in Women’s Studies. She chose to become a mentor through BBBS after meeting another Big and their Little and seeing the impact she herself could make in a child’s life.  

Hitting it off from the beginning, they still have fun engaging in community events twice a month. Some of the activities include visiting the Denton Community Market, trips to Barnes & Noble, manicures, going to the movies, baking, bowling, playing with Diana’s pets and much more! During their time, Diana has helped Kylor improve her Spanish and has only added to Kylor’s confidence and self-esteem.

After the one-year mark, Heather Hutmacher, a BBBS staff member, asked the question, “What does Big Brothers Big Sisters mean to you?”

Kylor’s mother shared, "It's an opportunity to expose Kylor to other people like her Big Sister who are pursuing their doctorates, setting an example for Kylor that she can be a doctor too."

Kylor’s Big Sister, Diana, replied, “My Little makes me laugh and reminds me of the very important message that it takes a village to raise a child. I am happy to be a part of that village."

We are so proud to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Denton County! They are doing BIG things for the youth here in Denton. Apply to become a Big by clicking the button below.

Youth & Family Counseling Coming to Denton

Youth & Family Counseling is opening a second office in Denton, TX, at Serve Denton. They offer professional family-systems based counseling on a sliding scale, making it available for all income levels. Youth & Family Counseling, a Lewisville-based nonprofit, has served residents of Denton County for over 30 years with competent, confidential care, helping people overcome the challenges they may face. The only reason Youth & Family Counseling can come to Denton is because of the affordable office space Serve Denton provides. Starting Tuesday, February 23, 2016, they will start serving Denton residents at a more convenient location.12716379_942620275829888_7315895171102584982_o

Youth & Family Counseling Executive Director Eren Turner said, “We are thrilled about our Denton expansion! After repeated requests from clients, we are grateful for the opportunity to have our services be more accessible to all of the county. Through Serve Denton, Youth & Family Counseling will be able to make mental health care more available to those in need.”

This location will provide Community Counseling as well as a First Offender and At-Risk Kids Program, which is family counseling for adolescents who are referred by area police departments, courts and schools.

Let’s all help welcome Youth & Family Counseling to the Denton community! For more information about Youth & Family Counseling, contact their Executive Director Eren Turner at eturner@youthandfamilycounseling.org.