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June 25, 2018

Learn the signs of PTSD in adults and children in York County

April 24, 2018

Club opens for amazing kids

March 22, 2018

TrueNorth Wellness Services: National Nutrition Month motivates families to get healthy

Our Functional Family Therapy staff at TrueNorth Wellness Services helps families develop healthy habits every day. They’ve put together some insights on how families can improve their nutrition and lifestyle choices this National Nutrition Month.

February 7, 2018

Suicide intervention training scheduled

“The top goal is to make people more comfortable with asking questions about suicide directly. People tend to shy away from asking the questions,” said Jayne Wildasin, director of crisis intervention at TrueNorth.

January 19, 2018

Set-up 2018 for financial wellness success

If you think wellness only references physical and mental health, you may be in for a surprise

January 10, 2018

Set wellness goals for New Year’s resolutions (column)

It seems that, traditionally, our New Year’s resolutions are focused solely on physical health. Perhaps this is because these resolutions can often produce tangible, visible results.

December 15, 2017

How to recognize and address cyberbullying

December 15, 2017

Recovery, mental health and loss: Addressing difficult issues at the holidays

Know your triggers. For those in recovery, it can be helpful to identify triggers that are unique to the holiday season. Create a plan. Anticipate challenges you may encounter, and be prepared with a plan. Forget perfection. Rely on support.

November 22, 2017

Caregivers must care for themselves, too, during the holidays

Studies show that stress increases during the holiday season between Thanksgiving and the New Year. However, when one is a caregiver, this holiday stress comes in addition to the typical stress of caregiving roles.

November 3, 2017

Guest view: Cultural competency can improve business success

Over past generations, stereotypes or implicit biases that affected a company’s choices have become less “a part of doing business” and more a source of protest and changes in consumer behavior.

September 25, 2017

Residents get glimpse of Fulton Co. hospital’s new events location at sportsmen’s fair

The medical center used the annual event as an opportunity to provide a glimpse of renovations of a building that will host exercise and wellness classes, small-group meetings and special events such as the sportsmen’s fair.

August 25, 2017

Hey, parents: Read this before your child leaves for college

This is it, the day you’ve awaited — and likely also dreaded — for nearly two decades.

A flurry of emotions, from excitement and nostalgia to hesitation and fears about preparedness, are common in this time of great change and commotion, but resisting the feelings may cause a more adverse reaction in the long term. Luckily, there are a few tried and true ways to handle the fears that may be swelling as you stuff the car with suitcases, laundry detergent and ramen noodles.

July 18, 2017

FREE “Beauty and the Beast” performance for families with special needs, presented by TrueNorth Wellness and Bill Gladstone Group of NAI CIR

TrueNorth Wellness Services, a behavioral health and wellness organization with offices across central Pa., invites you to a free, private showing of “Beauty and the Beast.” This special event is exclusively for children with special needs and their families.

May 24, 2017

Start the Conversation: Talk to Your Teens About Risky Behaviors

As graduation and senior week approach, many teenagers embrace party traditions — or perhaps experiment with drinking and drugs for the first time — to celebrate the occasion.

The beginning of summer can bring the height of excitement, with milestones like graduation and senior week trips on the horizon. Soon-to-be graduates are preoccupied thinking about all of the possibilities that could be next — a full-time job, their first time away from home at college, or a gap year.

April 29, 2017

Stressed at Work? You’re Not Alone

Stress is inevitable, especially within the workplace.

Deadlines, commutes, time spent in front of screens — these factors can be difficult to balance. Throw in personal relationships, home management and non-work commitments, and it’s no wonder we need outlets to relieve stress.

April 24, 2017

New Autism Center Under Way

When TJ Williams of Littlestown joined the Amazing Kids Club four years ago, it was hard for him to talk with people, but the 10-year-old spoke eloquently Friday before an audience of at least 100 as TrueNorth Wellness Services broke ground for a new autism center near Hanover.

April 21, 2017

Organization Looks to Assist, Train Others in Suicide Prevention

Story after story, there was one admission that Sabrina Valente heard often.

“I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know what to do.”

And many people don’t know what to do or say when it comes to the topic of suicide, according to Valente, family-based program manager at TrueNorth Wellness Services.


February 23, 2017

Teens and Social Media: What you need to know

Parenting teens is no small feat.


In an age of constant connection and a never-ending rotation of new social media platforms, you may find yourself with even more challenges added to the mix. A 2015 report from the Pew Research Center found that 92 percent of teens report going online daily, with 24 percent who say they are online “almost constantly.”

December 15, 2016

TrueNorth Wellness to Demolish Building at New Location

TrueNorth Wellness Services, which announced in April its plants to relocate its autism center and renovate a new center, will instead demolish the building purchased last year and build a new center at the same location.

“Providing TrueNorth Wellness Services with the ability to design and control the environment from the ground up will allow for new, more advanced therapeutic practices,” said Garrett Trout, TrueNorth Wellness Services CEO. “In doubling our capacity, we’ll also be able to best meet the growing need for autism services in York and Adams counties and the increased demand for our program services.”

November 22, 2016

5 Ways to Practice Self-Care During the Holidays

The holidays can be a hectic time for those caring for children or aging parents. Take steps to ensure those who care for others care for themselves, too.

Some say the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. But for many, the holiday season can be a roller coaster ride of emotions and responsibilities. If you’re a caregiver, this time of the year can be even more stressful and emotionally taxing. As we recognize November as National Family Caregiver Month, take a look at some tips for self-care during this holiday season.

November 1, 2016

Suicide prevention workshop open to public

Suicide affects not just the person who dies but everyone around them.

Suicide affects not just the person who dies but everyone around them.

For that reason, TrueNorth Wellness Services is looking to make suicide intervention a community effort that extends beyond the office of mental health professional.

Billed as a first aid for suicide prevention, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, or ASIST, teaches the belief that suicide is a community health program that can be prevented through cooperation, according to a news release. It focuses broadly on how to recognize when someone may be at risk and create a plan to support their safety.

September 27, 2016

Adams short on treatment options for drug addictions

Due to the rapid spread of heroin use, TrueNorth Wellness Services started the Suboxone treatment program in August.

Adams County has no licensed methadone clinics, but TrueNorth Wellness Services, located in Gettysburg and Hanover, recently began offering another treatment narcotic, Suboxone.

Due to the rapid spread of heroin use, TrueNorth Wellness Services started the Suboxone treatment program in August. It includes “regular medication evaluation and active counseling,” said George Brown, chief operations officer for TrueNorth Wellness. “Heroin use has escalated across the country,” Brown said. “Gettysburg is no exception. There has been a significant increase of need for this type of program in the Gettysburg area.”

September 23, 2016

LGBTQ have options for recovery in York

Recovery is possible, treatment is effective and no one who suffers from a mental health or substance use disorder should ever feel hopeless.

Recovery is possible, treatment is effective and no one who suffers from a mental health or substance use disorder should ever feel hopeless. That’s the focus and the message of National Recovery Month, celebrated in September to raise awareness about mental health and substance use disorders and celebrate those who recover.

One community that faces unique challenges for recovery is the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer – or LGBTQ — community. Studies, such as this one from Columbia University, have shown that LGBTQ individuals are 2.5 times more likely to have a mental health disorder at some point in their lives when compared to heterosexuals. Lesbian women are more likely to experience major mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression than straight women, and LGBTQ young adults abuse substances at a rate that is up to three times higher than heterosexuals, depending on the substance.

September 21, 2016

Taking an integrated approach to overall wellness

At TrueNorth Wellness Services, a behavioral health and wellness nonprofit serving south central Pennsylvania, we offer a Peer Support program designed to help individuals through recovery and increase quality of life. The program use strained Certified Peer Specialists who might have similar experiences and are succeeding in their own recoveries from mental illness.

Individuals with mental disorders are two times more likely to die early than their peers in the general population, according to a 2015 study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. What’s more, nearly two thirds of the deaths analyzed in the study resulted from natural causes like heart disease— not suicide.

How can we work better together to address lifestyle and social factors that can increase the health risks associated with mental illness? Strong support for individuals living with or experiencing a mental illness is crucial.

September 13, 2016

SUICIDE – Take Topic off the Taboo List

Suicide. Just the word is enough to overwhelm, to cause panic. So we don’t say the word, don’t ask if a co-worker is O.K., don’t take the time to listen.

Suicide. Just the word is enough to overwhelm, to cause panic. So we don’t say the word, don’t ask if a co-worker is O.K., don’t take the time to listen. Jayne Wildasin thinks we can do better. The crisis intervention manager at TrueNorth Wellness Services says suicide is a community health problem — one that we can all play a part in addressing. She and Sabrina Valente train community members in Applied Suicide Intervention Safety Training, or ASIST. “The idea is that you have to connect with people in order to help them,” Wildasin said. Anyone could benefit from this training, Wildasin said, but she thinks it would be especially useful to teachers, clergy and youth leaders. Even without the training though, she said there are small things anyone can do to help reduce the number of suicides in the area.

August 25, 2016

Talk to your doctor about mental health

How do you start this conversation with your doctor? It might seem like a difficult subject to broach, but it is just as important as discussions about your physical health.

How do you start this conversation with your doctor? It might seem like a difficult subject to broach, but it is just as important as discussions about your physical health. Sometimes depressive feelings are caused by medications or other health issues, so it is especially critical to discuss with your provider how you are feeling.

  • Start by mentioning some of the symptoms that have been causing difficulty for you like sleep disturbances, lack of appetite or overeating, problems with attention or focus, increased irritability or not being interested in previously enjoyed activities. This will help your doctor see a full picture of how you’ve been doing.

August 25, 2016

Amazing Kids Club holds art showcase

The summer program of the Amazing Kids Club wrapped up Thursday with an art show

The summer program of the Amazing Kids Club wrapped up Thursday with an art show that displayed the creations of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. The 11-week program, from TrueNorth Wellness Services in Hanover, served 226 people for 11 weeks this summer.

The halls of the Hanover facility were decorated with artwork from the kids enrolled in the program throughout the term. From self-portraits to shapes cut out to look like rocket ships, every hallway and room had a different theme to showcase and a unique approach to stimulate the Amazing Kids Club members.

August 2, 2016

“Elf the Musical Jr” for children with special needs

Special showing of the Elf the Musical Jr on August 2, 2016 for children with special needs

TrueNorth Wellness Services invites you to a free, private showing of “Elf the Musical Jr., exclusively for children with special needs and their families. Families are invited to join in fun activities beginning at 5 p.m. Activities include face painting, hair styling, balloons, fun crafts, soft children’s music, therapy dogs, hot and cold concessions and fire truck display. The Bill Gladstone Group of NAI CIR is hosting this special event at the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center. Show begins at 6:15 p.m.

May 1, 2016

When Addicts Suffer…families also feel the burden

"His addition was consuming me."

For Swenson, that trauma manifested in a toxic sludge of shame, exhaustion and maternal anguish, made more bitter by the hope that maybe today would be the day she got her son back.

Joey was a junior in high school when Swenson noticed her normally engaging, charismatic son – who once built a playground for an orphanage, enjoyed scuba diving and earned scholarships to several colleges – started exhibiting what she thought was normal teenage mood swings and weight loss.

April 26, 2016

Combat Stress with Laughter

Laughter has short-term and long-term benefits

Laughter begins with a smile. The muscles used in the face to create a smile also trigger the release of chemicals in the brain that make us feel good and combat the stress hormone that builds up in our bodies.

Laughter increases circulation by increasing the amount of oxygen intake in the body. (Don’t believe me? Take notice of your heartbeat and then take five quick, deep breaths. Take notice of your heartbeat again.) Increased oxygen in the bloodstream also leads to being more alert.

April 16, 2016

Schools Bring Therapy to Students in Need

“What we’re seeing is a decrease in the stigma of receiving services.”

This year, South Eastern School District started working with TrueNorth Wellness Services to provide mental health services in five of six schools, and by fall it should be in all six, according to Supt. Rona Kaufmann. Since Stewartstown Elementary had been undergoing renovations, it’s still in the process.

“School-based access is crucial to our population due to our distance from available county services,” Kaufmann said.

April 1, 2016

‘Not Like Them’ A window on addiction in the workplace

What employers should know about opioid addiction

“I liked how it made me feel and didn’t like how I felt when I didn’t feel that way,” said Jason Synder.

When Jason Snyder was in his 30s, he was holding onto a steady job. But he was also holding onto a secret: He was often taking opioid pain pills, though he had no prescription.

April 1, 2016

Quality Service Review – A Shout Out

Working together for a healthier community

There is something new afoot at Adams County Children & Youth Services (ACCYS). It is a Quality Service Review. Every year the Department of Human Services conducts an annual licensing review to make sure all Children & Youth agencies cross their “T”s and dots the “I”s.

I would like to thank the following community partners for their favorable responses and those selected to participate…

April 1, 2016

Simple Steps to Healthier Eating

Simple Steps to Healthier Eating

James High, Outpatient Therapist and eating healthy advocate, wrote a featured article in March for the York Daily Record — No Sweat online newsletter on simple steps that you can take to make healthier eating choices.

January 16, 2016

Recognition Award

Town Lively Online: TrueNorth Receives Recognition

TrueNorth Wellness Services, represented by chief operations officer George Brown, recently received an award from the PCPA Group Worker’s Compensation Group for demonstrating “a strong commitment to a safe workplace environment and concern for their employees’ well-being.”

December 29, 2015

Non Profit Wish List

Gettysburg Times: MLK 'Day On' Wish List

Be sure to check out the 19th annual Martin Luther King “Day On” Agency Wish List in the Gettysburg Times on Thursday, Jan. 7 or Jan. 14

December 10, 2015

Students Learn Substance Abuse Lessons

Substance Abuse Lessons

Most lectures on substance abuse for teens focus on why they shouldn’t use drugs and how to say ‘no.’

Wednesday morning, about 50 members of the Latino Club at Gettysburg Area High School learned why teens use drug and alcohol, and what happens moments before that choice could kill them.