Caring. Learning. Sharing.
What We Offer
Ephraim Resources of Appleton, Wisconsin offers online behavioral health education resources and on-location presentations on topics related to understanding, preventing and dealing with mental health problems, addictions and relationship problems. We offer our presentations to schools, workplaces, places of worship, community organizations and other groups.
As a group, we care about individuals, families and groups who are struggling to deal with behavioral health problems, and we work to learn more about them and share what we learn with others. We are convinced that reliable education plays a key role in helping people deal with behavioral health problems more successfully.
Founded in 1995 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, we provided both counseling and community behavioral health education services without fees. After 19 years, we discontinued our counseling services and began focusing entirely on behavioral health education.
As we looked deeper into the research, we found that U.S. prevalence rates for many mental health, addiction and relationship problems have been slowly increasing for decades. Yet over the past decade, the rates for a good number of these problems have been growing in unprecedented ways, especially in children, youth and young adults. Similar things are happening worldwide.
Fortunately, knowledge and understanding of these problems is also growing. There is cause for much hope. Still, far too many individuals, families, schools, and other groups are left struggling to deal with the problems on a day-to-day basis, at all levels of society--micro to macro. Solutions are needed. We at Ephraim Resources hope to be a part of the solution.
We approach mental health, addiction and relationship problems from multiple backgrounds and perspectives.
- As people who studied, worked and volunteered in the health, psychology, counseling, education, economic, business, nonprofit and related fields and professions
- As people who personally dealt with behavioral health problems, and are now recovering
- As people who have loved ones who struggle with these problems
- As people who value reliable science, life experience, reasoning, history, the arts, theology, ancient to contemporary literature and other diverse sources and ways of learning and sharing
Behavioral health problems are complicated life difficulties that usually develop from multiple contributing factors, some more significant than others. As such, their solutions often require multiple remedies that can vary some from person to person, including things such as medical treatments, therapies, counseling, support groups, family involvement, various lifestyle changes and more--things we have yet to fully understand.
We do know that identifying root contributing factors is critically important to both prevention and recovery. Sadly, root factors can easily be ignored in favor surface factors and quick-fix symptom relief that sometimes hinders identification of root factors. Of course symptom relief is needed at times in order to function better and further assess root factors. Like we said, these problems are complicated.
We know that unresolved behavioral health problems often result in very serious and sad outcomes, and we need to be sensitive in how they affect everyone involved. Yet in order to be most helpful, we also need to be straight-forward about what we currently understand about these problems, including how they might develop, their consequences and what is needed to deal with them in more effective, complete and lasting ways.
Some of what we share and suggest might be helpful right away. Seeing problems and their solutions from different and multiple perspectives can be very helpful. However, problem prevention and long-term recovery from behavioral health problems often requires us to make significant changes in ourselves, our lifestyles and how we respond to life's inevitable challenges.
We human beings are naturally prone to resist such changes, some of us to premature aging and an early death, others of us until we suffer greatly, get a sudden wake-up call and/or simply decide we need to get serious about changing. We get to choose.
How About You?
Maybe the struggle you have is not with a full-blown behavioral health problem, but some kind of persistent stress, unhealthy habit, relationship issue, imbalance or other concern that could develop into more serious life-diminishing problems. Or maybe you have a milder version of a problem that could be affecting you and others in ways you yet to understand.
Let's admit it. We all struggle, some more than others. No one escapes the difficulties of living in troubled world. And no one does life well in the of vacuum self or with the delusion that we achieve things on our own. We all depend on others for many things.
We all need help from outside ourselves, and we all need to help others outside of ourselves. That is how life works best. In other words, we need to receive love and share love. Self-reliance might be good to a point, but it's inaccurate to believe we can alwaysfigure out our own problems and their solutions.
We all lack knowledge and have personal blind spots, biases and other concerns that cloud our perception of ourselves, others and life in general. Acknowledging these simple truths can take some of the doubt, fear and shame out of admitting problems, asking for help and checking out educational resources.
Are you wondering if this site and the education resources and services we suggest and offer might be helpful to you or someone you know? Please checkout these questions. If you answer yes to any number of them, we think you will find something helpful.
- Are you or someone you know struggling with one or more the of the following: fear, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, hopelessness, irritability, anger, shame, mood swings, unintended weight gain or loss, lack of self-care, abuse, conflicts with others, isolation from others, parenting, obsessions, compulsions, or lack of self-control with alcohol, drugs, food, money, sex, tech use, gambling, shopping or other things or behavior?
- Are you in recovery, but not doing as well as you hoped?
- Are you interested in learning more about an approach to behavioral health problems that includes more of your whole person and whole lifestyle?
- Are you needing to select a presenter for your group or organization?
- Are you an instructor or professional in a field of study or work that deals with these problems and would be interested in hearing from people with long-term recoveries?
If you do struggle with some of the concerns listed above, it's vitally important to take an good look at yourself, but also to get some helpful feedback from two to three reliable and honest people in your life--people you trust, live with, work with or go to school with. Ask them if they have any concerns about you, your behavior and/or lifestyle. Ask them to be specific about their concerns and then really listen. We all need the reflections of others to see ourselves more clearly.
In addition, there are a many helpful and free education resources available online and in local libraries and other places. Many of these resources have lists of signs and symptoms of problems or self-assessments that may be helpful getting a clearer picture of yourself. Be mindful though that the reliability of resources vary. Please consider our list of online suggested resources.
To help in the ongoing process of understanding, preventing and dealing with behavioral health problems, we developed an integrative behavioral health education approach and tool designed to help us all understand more about who we are as persons and how we can be more healthy and live more healthy lives.
We call this tool a Whole Person - Whole Lifestyle Approach and often share an overview of it in our presentations. It contains lists of our whole person and lifestyle parts and brief descriptions of them. They can be used to assess our strengths and weakness in each area of our person and lifestyle and give us some direction in using our strengths to improve our weaknesses.
Listed below are some of the problems and topics we address in our talks, workshops and other presentations. We tailor our programs to meet the specific needs of our audiences.
Mental Health Problems
- Eating Disorders and Related Problems
- Anxiety Problems and Disorders
- Depression and Mood Problems and Disorders
- Trauma and Stress Related Problems and Disorders
- Personality Problems and Disorders
- Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic and Delusional Disorders
- Alcohol, Drug, Food and Other Substance Addictions
- Processing and Behavior Addictions
- Money Related Addictions
- Relationship Related Addictions
- Dysfunctional Family Relationships
- Behavioral Management Concerns In Parent - Child Relationships
- Manipulative, Oppressive and Abusive Relationships
- Estranged Relationships
Solution and Prevention Topics
- Reasons Why We Often Fall Short in Our Healthy Intentions, Resolutions and/or Recovery Goals
- A Whole Person--Whole Lifestyle Approach to More Complete and Lasting Changes
- Building Your Team of Helpful Education Resourcers, Treatment Providers and/or Support People
- Hopeful Stories - Helpful Information: Recovering People Share What's Working for Them
- Managing Our Healthy and Unhealthy Thinking, Beliefs, Feelings, Wants, Choices and Behavior
- Understanding and Managing Our Healthy and Unhealthy Defenses and Diversions
- Staying Healthy When Helping the Hurting
- When Our Loved Ones Struggle: Helping Without Unhealthy Enabling
- Finding Freedom from Manipulation, Oppression and/or Abuse
- Keys to More Healthy, Loving and Lasting Relationships
- Reconciling Relationships with Love, Wisdom, Humility, Patience and Forgiveness
- Whole Love Parenting: Integrating Compassionate Care and Wise Behavior Management
- Understanding and Managing Obstacles to Living a Healthy Lifestyle
- Managing Emotions in a Stressed-Out-Age
- Avoiding Extremes and Finding Balance in Everyday Life
As a group, our presenters share what they learned from years of professional and/or personal experience in dealing with mental health, addiction and relationship problems. People find their helpful information and hopeful stories informative, encouraging and applicable to their lives.
Fees and Funding
We have no fees or charges for our resources and services. We are funded by voluntary contributions from the people and groups we serve, and by gifts from other generous donors. Payment of some expenses may be required depending on costs.