Peak Behavioral Health https://peakbehavioral.com/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 09:46:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://peakbehavioral.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Peak Behavioral Health https://peakbehavioral.com/ 32 32 Dr. Peter Sangra & Dr. Harry Silsby Discuss The Topic of Mental Health on PBS’ The El Paso Physician https://peakbehavioral.com/dr-peter-sangra-dr-harry-silsby-discuss-the-topic-of-mental-health-on-pbs-the-el-paso-physician/ Wed, 09 Jun 2021 20:08:00 +0000 https://peakbehavioral.com/?p=1259 Two of Peak Behavioral's high-caliber psychiatrists, Dr. Peter Sangra & Dr. Harry Silsby, discuss the importance of mental health and touch on the diagnosis and treatment options for certain issues like PTSD, on PBS' monthly streaming show, The El Paso Physician.

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Two of Peak Behavioral’s highly-esteemed psychiatrists, Dr. Peter Sangra & Dr. Harry Silsby, were interviewed about the topic of mental health on a recently streamed episode of The El Paso Physician

Throughout the episode, both psychiatrists discuss how important mental health is and specifically focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic brought mental health issues further into the light. Additionally, Sangra and Silsby explain some different treatment options for common mental health issues like PTSD and chemical dependency disorders. 

To watch the full interview, click here!

  • Note: When you get to The El Paso Physician’s website, click through the available episodes at the bottom of the screen until the “Mental Health” episode. This episode was aired and recorded on May 20, 2021. 

Peak Behavioral Health Services is proud to have both Dr. Peter Sangra & Dr. Harry Silsby on our team. Our facility offers specialized treatment for adolescents, adults and seniors with mental health and chemical dependency needs. 

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Dr. Peter Sangra named Top Psychiatrist in Santa Teresa https://peakbehavioral.com/dr-peter-sangra-named-top-psychiatrist-in-santa-teresa/ Mon, 11 Jan 2021 20:09:00 +0000 https://peakbehavioral.com/?p=1260 Each year America's Best Doctors and the syndicated national outlets feature a special edition highlighting the accomplishments of physicians to help advance opportunity and advocacy within the medical profession.

Peak Behavioral's Child and Adolescent Medical Director, Dr. Peter Sangra has been awarded Top Psychiatrist in Santa Teresa for 2020.

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Each year America’s Best Doctors and the syndicated national outlets feature a special edition highlighting the accomplishments of physicians to help advance opportunity and advocacy within the medical profession.

Peak Behavioral’s Child and Adolescent Medical Director, Dr. Peter Sangra has been awarded Top Psychiatrist in Santa Teresa for 2020.

An esteemed professional in the field of child & adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Sangra is responsible for diagnosing, treating and preventing mental disorders in children, adolescents, and helping families through the process.

“You are like an angel that helped us believe in miracles” said the parent of one of Dr. Sangra’s patients.

With a broad educational background, Dr. Sangra graduated with his medical degree from the American University of Antigua. He then went to perform his residency in psychiatry at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center 2013 and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Texas Tech University Health Science of El Paso, TX 2017.

A member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, he is board-certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). The ABPN is a not-for profit corporation dedicated to serving the professions of psychiatry and neurology.

Peak Behavioral Health Services is proud to have Dr. Sangra in our team where we place a strong emphasis in working with the entire family with the goal of restoring a sense of hope, bringing balance to the family and providing a tailored treatment plan based on the individual’s specific needs.

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New PHP for Adolescents is Alternative to Psychiatric Admission https://peakbehavioral.com/new-php-for-adolescents-is-alternative-to-psychiatric-admission/ Tue, 22 Oct 2019 20:11:00 +0000 https://peakbehavioral.com/?p=1262 Peak Behavioral will be opening its adolescent partial hospitalization program (PHP) on November 1, 2019. PHP is an alternative treatment option for youth ages 12 -17 who don’t quite meet the criteria to be admitted to the hospital, but need a highly structured environment during the day to address significant behavioral and emotional challenges that get in the way of them attending school and regular activities. Patients stay at home on weeknights and on weekends and attend PHP during the weekdays.

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New PHP for Adolescents is Alternative to Psychiatric Admission

Peak Behavioral will be opening its adolescent partial hospitalization program (PHP) on November 1, 2019. PHP is an alternative treatment option for youth ages 12 -17 who don’t quite meet the criteria to be admitted to the hospital, but need a highly structured environment during the day to address significant behavioral and emotional challenges that get in the way of them attending school and regular activities. Patients stay at home on weeknights and on weekends and attend PHP during the weekdays.

PHP is provided Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 3:30 and transportation is available in some areas. While at PHP patients receive both grade level educational services and participate in various group therapies, individual counseling and medication management. In the evenings and on weekends they are home with their families, so daily communications and regularly scheduled family counseling is critical to the progress of further stabilizing the patient at home and transitioning them back into school.

Individualized treatment plans are developed for every patient, but patients are typically discharged within 4 weeks. The goals for completing treatment is (1) the patient to be able to function in a less structured environment, like school, and (2) their counseling to transition to a more traditional outpatient setting.

“We saw a great need in our community for this level of behavioral health treatment,” says Sandra Emanuel, chief executive officer at Peak. “Our PHP allows adolescents to receive care in a safe, structured environment under clinical supervision while on site, then return home to their families each evening.”

Peak’s interdisciplinary treatment team includes a staff of psychiatrists, therapists, and nurses who work together to stabilize symptoms and establish a foundation of skills essential to the long-term success of the individual being treated.

“The goal of PHP is to maintain the patient’s progress and prevent relapse or readmission to the hospital,” says Emanuel. “PHP may also be a ‘step down’ from hospitalization or a ‘step up’ when outpatient treatment is not effectively meeting the needs of the patient.”

Call Peak Behavioral Health’s Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at 575-589-3000 to schedule a free assessment or for more information.

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EMDR Provided at Peak Behavioral Health of Las Cruces https://peakbehavioral.com/emdr-provided-at-peak-behavioral-health-of-las-cruces/ Tue, 15 Oct 2019 07:20:00 +0000 https://peakbehavioral.com/?p=1264 Peak Behavioral of Las Cruces opened its doors to the community in April 2019 and began providing a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) services for male and female adults needing mental health and/or substance use treatment.

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EMDR Provided at Peak Behavioral Health of Las Cruces

Peak Behavioral of Las Cruces opened its doors to the community in April 2019 and began providing a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) services for male and female adults needing mental health and/or substance use treatment.

“We are very pleased with how well our programs have been received by the Las Cruces community. Since our opening, we’ve helped many patients successfully transition their treatment from being in the hospital to traditional outpatient treatment. We’ve also helped other patients avoid being admitted to a hospital by including them in either our partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programs,” says Gustavo Garay-Vidal, Director.

Peak Behavioral of Las Cruces is one of only a few providers in the Border Region that offers Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as one of many treatment modalities of Peak’s PHP and IOP treatment. EMDR is provided by clinicians who have received extensive training in its use to help patients heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Not all patients qualify to receive EMDR, but those that do are able to find the relief needed to successfully complete the treatment program.

Peak Behavioral’s qualified EMDR clinician, Delia Dominguez states, “EMDR helps patients deal with traumas from their past to discover hope where there wasn’t before. It’s wonderful to observe how well patients are able to fully engage in the rest of their treatment program when they have a renewed sense of hope for their future.”

Garay-Vidal added, “Being able to provide EMDR treatment has been helpful for many of the patients who’ve completed treatment at Peak.” The following are statements from patients who have received EMDR treatment during their participation in the Las Cruces programs:

“Honestly I was real frustrated and I had anxiety. I was out of my mind and was pissed off…..EMDR helped me to think of my safe spot, and slowly but surely my anger started slowing down, my anxiety started slowing down…..I forgot all the stress, all the anger. If you think you have issues like that, it actually calms you down. And that was without any medication.” – Patient 1 after first session

“It helps bringing out the demons that you suppress for so long and it helps heal the wounds that scared you.” – Patient 2 after two months of EMDR treatment

Peak Behavioral’s PHP and IOP services provide support and treatment for individuals facing emotional or mental difficulties and who may have substance abuse problems. Peak Behavioral Health of Las Cruces provides services Monday—Friday from 9:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. Patients in the PHP program attend treatment 5 days a week and those in IOP attend treatment 3 days a week. Treatment is usually from one to three weeks.

For more information about EMDR or any of Peak’s services call 575-526-0927. Individuals interested in participating in the program, or their loved ones, can call the same number to schedule a free assessment or stop by the center at 609 East Amador Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88001.

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Putting our Patients Front and Center https://peakbehavioral.com/putting-our-patients-front-and-center/ Tue, 08 Oct 2019 07:22:00 +0000 https://peakbehavioral.com/?p=1266 “Putting our patients front and center of everything we do is what our community has learned to expect from us,” says Sandy Emanuel, CEO, Peak Behavioral Health at a recent staff meeting. Emanuel continues, “We have a number of ways that we continuously monitor the quality of the services we provide but hearing from our patients about how we made a difference tops the list.”

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Putting our Patients Front and Center

“Putting our patients front and center of everything we do is what our community has learned to expect from us,” says Sandy Emanuel, CEO, Peak Behavioral Health at a recent staff meeting. Emanuel continues, “We have a number of ways that we continuously monitor the quality of the services we provide but hearing from our patients about how we made a difference tops the list.” Upon discharge, all patients are asked to complete a survey to rate the quality of care they received during their stay. “Regardless of whether the feedback is good or bad, receiving feedback on our patient’s experience is incredibly important to our culture of continuous improvement. That said, the feedback we receive about how we helped a patient is very special and inspires us to work harder,” stated Ms. Emanuel.

Below is some feedback received last month from patient surveys:

“I can’t stress enough that you guys did an excellent job. Thank you so much!” – Adult Patient

“Dr Sangra was just awesome, he found some stuff and explained it to us.” – Youthful Patient

“I was pretty pleased with the services she received. The therapist and the doctor both reached out to me and communicated with me about what was going on with my daughter’s treatment. The doctor was attentive, answered all of my questions, and addressed my concerns. So did the therapist. I really appreciated that.“ – Parent of Patient

“I’m really grateful that she was there and that you guys helped her.” – Parent of Patient

“You guys have been great. Dr. Silsby is the best doctor you all have. He takes time to talk to you and tries to understand you and figure out what you need. I’m very grateful for him. The staff on the unit were really helpful and good.” – Patient

Peak Behavioral Health specializes in the treatment for children, adolescents, adults and seniors with mental health and chemical dependency needs. Peak Behavioral Health hospital is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Call 575-589-3000 for more information or free psychiatric assessment.

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Suicide Prevention – Warnings Signs and Risk Factors https://peakbehavioral.com/suicide-prevention-warnings-signs-and-risk-factors/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 07:26:00 +0000 https://peakbehavioral.com/?p=1268 Peak Behavioral supports The Jason Foundations advocacy for the prevention of suicide. The Jason Foundation’s mission is specifically for the prevention of young person’s suicide. However, many of the well-researched constructs of the Warning Signs and Risk Factors they have published can be applied to all populations. Below is an outline of The Jason Foundation’s suicide prevention Warning Signs and Risk Factors to be aware of when interacting with anyone who may need Help:

WARNING SIGNS - By themselves, many of these observations are not sure signs that someone is suicidal but could mean that they are struggling with issues in their lives and could use help. If these issues are not addressed or treated, they can result in suicidal thoughts or attempts

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Suicide Prevention – Warnings Signs and Risk Factors

Peak Behavioral supports The Jason Foundations advocacy for the prevention of suicide. The Jason Foundation’s mission is specifically for the prevention of young person’s suicide. However, many of the well-researched constructs of the Warning Signs and Risk Factors they have published can be applied to all populations. Below is an outline of The Jason Foundation’s suicide prevention Warning Signs and Risk Factors to be aware of when interacting with anyone who may need Help:

WARNING SIGNS – By themselves, many of these observations are not sure signs that someone is suicidal but could mean that they are struggling with issues in their lives and could use help. If these issues are not addressed or treated, they can result in suicidal thoughts or attempts:

  • Suicide Threats
  • Depression
  • Anger, Increased Irritability
  • Lack of Interest
  • Sudden Increase/Decrease in Appetite
  • Sudden Changes in Appearance
  • Dwindling Academic/Work Performance
  • Previous Suicide Attempts
  • Preoccupied with Final Arrangements

RISK FACTORS – Suicide does not typically have a sudden onset. There are a number of stressors that can contribute to a person’s anxiety and unhappiness, increasing the possibility of a suicide attempt. Several them are described below:

  • Depression, Mental Illness and Substance Abuse
  • Aggression and Fighting
  • Home Environment
  • Community Environment
  • School/Work Environment
  • Previous Attempts
  • Cultural Factors
  • Family History/Stresses
  • Self-mutilation
  • Situational Crisis

Please click here for more detailed information about each of the Warning Signs and Risk Factors. If you or a friend need to talk with a counselor for help or for resources available in your area, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

Peak Behavioral Health is a psychiatric hospital with clinicians available 24/7 to provide free assessments for individuals and families dealing with a psychiatric crisis. Call 575-589-3000 to speak to a clinician about arranging an assessment.

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Suicide Prevention – Support Our Veterans https://peakbehavioral.com/suicide-prevention-support-our-veterans/ Wed, 25 Sep 2019 07:32:00 +0000 https://peakbehavioral.com/?p=1270 The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has deemed September 8 through 14 as World Suicide Prevention Week. The purpose of this designation is to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented.

According to a Department of Defense report in armytimes.com, nearly two thirds of active duty military who died of suicide in 2012 were seen by a doctor within three months on the suicide. Approximately one third of those told someone of their plans. The report also stated that 42 percent had at least one mental health diagnosis. And, one in five were prescribed a psychiatric medication within 90 days of the suicide.

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Suicide Prevention – Support Our Veterans

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has deemed September 8 through 14 as World Suicide Prevention Week. The purpose of this designation is to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented. According to a Department of Defense report in armytimes.com, nearly two thirds of active duty military who died of suicide in 2012 were seen by a doctor within three months on the suicide. Approximately one third of those told someone of their plans. The report also stated that 42 percent had at least one mental health diagnosis. And, one in five were prescribed a psychiatric medication within 90 days of the suicide. Another Department of Defense study states that there were 319 suicides in active duty personnel and 203 in reserves. A total of 841 service members had one or more attempted suicides. Recent reports state that the total number of suicides decreased by 18 percent in 2013, although the reserves numbers were slightly higher.

The Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes the severity of this issue and will be launching a $34.4 million study in an attempt to decrease the number of suicides in the military. This study will be conducted on 1,800 veterans who have previously attempted to take their own life.

Suicide can be prevented by decreasing the factors that increase the risk and increase the factors that help a person cope with the struggles of life. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Center for Disease Control, and Suicide.org, the following are Protective Factors and Warning Signs of which to be aware.

Protective Factors are ways of dealing with feelings and emotions that reduce the risk of suicide.

  • Effective clinical care for mental, physical, and substance abuse disorders
  • Easy access to a variety of clinical interventions and support for help seeking
  • Family and community support (connectedness)
  • Support from ongoing medical and mental health care relationships
  • Skills in problem solving, conflict resolution, and nonviolent ways of handling disputes
  • Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support instincts for self-preservation

These feelings or actions may be a Warning Sign that someone is contemplating suicide. 

  • Appearing sad or depressed most of the time – untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide
  • Clinical depression or deep sadness
  • Talking or writing about suicide
  • Loss of interest, trouble sleeping, and eating—that doesn’t go away or continues to get worse
  • Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep
  • Neglecting personal welfare, deteriorating physical appearance
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society, or sleeping all the time
  • Losing interest in hobbies, work, school, or other things one used to care about
  • Abusing drugs and/or alcohol
  • Frequent and dramatic mood changes
  • Feeling strong anger, rage, or showing violent behavior
  • Expressing feelings of excessive guilt or shame
  • Feeling hopeless or helpless
  • Feelings of failure or decreased performance
  • Feeling that life is not worth living or having no sense of purpose 
  • Talk about feeling trapped—like there is no way out of a situation
  • Having feelings of desperation, and saying that there’s no solution to their problems
  • Exhibiting behavior out of the ordinary such as performing poorly at work or school
  • Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities
  • Looking as though one has a “death wish,” tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, and/or making out a will
  • Seeking access to firearms, pills, or other means of harming oneself

If you or someone you know or love exhibits any of these behaviors, please seek help immediately.  Please call 911, the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, or 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433), OR 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

Peak Behavioral is a TriCare mental health provider for active duty, veterans and their dependents. Free clinical assessments are available 24/7 for psychiatric crisis, call 575-268-2017 for help and more information.

Sources:

http://veteranscrisisline.net/SignsOfCrisis/Identifying.aspx

http://www.suicide.org/suicide-warning-signs.html

http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/riskprotectivefactors.html

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122126

http://www.armytimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014304250048

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Youth Suicide Prevention – #IWONTBESILENT https://peakbehavioral.com/youth-suicide-prevention-iwontbesilent/ Tue, 17 Sep 2019 07:35:00 +0000 https://peakbehavioral.com/?p=1272 For this year’s Suicide Prevention Month, The Jason Foundation, the world’s leading advocacy group for the prevention of youth suicide, is advocating to challenge anyone and everyone to start a national conversation about the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide

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Youth Suicide Prevention – #IWONTBESILENT

For this year’s Suicide Prevention Month, The Jason Foundation, the world’s leading advocacy group for the prevention of youth suicide, is advocating to challenge anyone and everyone to start a national conversation about the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide.

Are You up for the Challenge?

The unfortunate news is that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in our nation for ages 10-24. Would you know how to respond if you recognized someone you know who may be thinking about suicide? The purpose of #IWONTBESILENT is to challenge anyone and everyone to raise the national conversation about the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide. Learn the warning signs and challenge the people you know to learn them, as well. Challenge your co-workers, school, social club, friends, or family to join you! Taking a few short minutes to challenge the people you know will help take some of the “silence” away from the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide.

Why Participate

Education is the key to prevention. Our nation should be familiar with the warning signs associated with suicide, suicide facts & statistics, and how to find help for at-risk youth. Suicide is PREVENTABLE! Together, we can save lives! You may even save your friend, your neighbor’s child, a relative, or even your own son or daughter. 

The Jason Foundation has provided this User Guide which will provide you ideas on how you can participate and challenge your community, school, church, team, or business to raise the conversation on youth suicide prevention. The User Guide provides steps for explaining how you can become involved and hold a successful group event. These steps are just suggestions, feel free to use your creativity to explore other ways to challenge those around you. All events should be completely voluntary, and no one should be forced to participate. 
Support The Jason Foundation by taking pictures during the event and posting them to their website.  Be sure to visit www.iwontbesilent.com to see the latest information on our #IWONTBESILENTcampaign.

Peak Behavioral will be publishing a series of articles throughout the month on identifying the signs of someone contemplating suicide and how to assist them with getting help.

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National Suicide Prevention Day: Be a Part of #IWONTBESILENT https://peakbehavioral.com/national-suicide-prevention-day-be-a-part-of-iwontbesilent/ Tue, 10 Sep 2019 07:37:00 +0000 https://peakbehavioral.com/?p=1274 #IWONTBESILENT is an awareness campaign by The Jason Foundation to raise the national conversation of the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide. Learn the warning signs associated with suicide and challenge the people you know to learn them, as well. Challenge your co-workers, school, social club, friends, or family to join you. Taking a few short minutes to challenge the people you know will help take some of the “silence” away from the terrible tragedy of youth suicide. Our nation should be familiar with the warning signs, suicide facts & statistics, and how to find help for at-risk youth.

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National Suicide Prevention Day: Be a Part of #IWONTBESILENT

#IWONTBESILENT is an awareness campaign by The Jason Foundation to raise the national conversation of the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide. Learn the warning signs associated with suicide and challenge the people you know to learn them, as well. Challenge your co-workers, school, social club, friends, or family to join you. Taking a few short minutes to challenge the people you know will help take some of the “silence” away from the terrible tragedy of youth suicide. Our nation should be familiar with the warning signs, suicide facts & statistics, and how to find help for at-risk youth.

· 1 out of 6 students considered suicided during the last 6 months

· 1 out of 14 students attempted suicide during the last 12 months

· FOUR out of FIVE teens who attempted suicide have given clear warning sings

Statistical Data for the CDC’s WISQARS

Visit www.iwontbesilent.com and learn how you can help raise the national conversation of youth suicide prevention. The site will provide you with ideas on how you can conduct an awareness campaign within your school, business, church, or other organization. Materials are available for download so that you can obtain them within minutes. Be sure to take a lot of pictures during your event and share them with us. We would love to include them with others who have taken the challenge. Share your photos on social media with the #IWontBeSilent and be sure to mention or tag us.

All the information necessary to hold a successful event is included in our User’s Guide, available for download on the www.iwontbesilent.com website. Alternatively, a User Guide and additional information are available for download on the Suicide Prevention Month page of JFI’s website. To obtain, simply click on “Suicide Prevention Month” under the How to Get Involved tab at www.jasonfoundation.com.

Peak Behavioral will be publishing a series of articles throughout the month on identifying the signs of someone contemplating suicide and how to assist them with getting help.

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#ElPasoStrong – Together We Are Stronger https://peakbehavioral.com/elpasostrong-together-we-are-stronger/ Thu, 29 Aug 2019 07:39:00 +0000 https://peakbehavioral.com/?p=1275 In the last month the national spotlight has been on the resilience of the El Paso community, and Border Region as a whole. It's interesting how when you live and breath the spirit of your community every day, its adversity that brings to light the fundamental strengths of what we often overlook.

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#ElPasoStrong – Together We Are Stronger

In the last month the national spotlight has been on the resilience of the El Paso community, and Border Region as a whole. It’s interesting how when you live and breath the spirit of your community every day, its adversity that brings to light the fundamental strengths of what we often overlook. Like our sense of community and resilience to hatred.

At Peak Behavioral we like to think of resilience in medical terms, as in the ‘Core Points Essential to Resilience.’ Often referred to as the 7 C’s of resilience as it describes some of the key values a child must learn to become part of a community. The core points of resilience (7 C’s) include Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Contribution, Coping, and Control. All of which are characteristics that have been part of our community for generations and well its obviously what the world caught a brief glimpse of during one of our most challenging times as a community. It’s our hope that we can all embrace the reemergence of our core community values to heal and grow.

Peak Behavioral Health services and employees care about our community and strive to provide compassionate care for all families in the Border Region.

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