Caring. Learning. Sharing.
What We Offer
Ephraim Resources of Appleton, Wisconsin offers free 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 are caring about individuals, families and groups who are struggling to deal with behavioral health problems, and we are learning more about them and sharing that with others. We are convinced that reliable education plays a key role in helping us all 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, as have rates for suicide and other issues associated with these problems. Yet over the past decade, the rates for a good number of these problems and their associated concerns 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 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. More solutions are needed. We at Ephraim Resources hope to be a part of the solution.
As a group, 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, 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, history, literature, theology and virtues of love, kindness, humility, honesty, wisdom and other diverse sources and ways of caring, learning and sharing
Valuing these things does not mean we understand them completely or live them out fully. We know things in part and live them out in part. We are human. Yet, we do what we can, and we are continually learning as we go.
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 understand that identifying root contributing factors is critically important to both prevention and recovery. Sadly, root factors can easily be ignored in favor of surface factors and quick-fix symptom relief that might hinder identification of root factors.
Of course symptom relief is not unhealthy in itself and is needed at times in order to help us function better and further assess root factors. Like we said, these problems are complicated and much depends on where people are at in their overall development. But don't let the the complication freak you out too much. Solutions can be boiled down to some simple to understand principles and practices, but not so easy to live out, without help.
We know that mental health, addiction and relationship problems often develop as a triad of problems. If you have one of the problems, you are at risk for developing one or both of the other problems. If that happens, things can spiral downwards--oftentimes slowly, sometimes times quickly.
We also 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 serious changes in ourselves, our lifestyles and how we respond to life's inevitable challenges.
The truth is, we human beings are naturally prone to resist such changes, in part because we may feel afraid and/or ashamed about certain things. And many of us are quite stubborn, willful to an extreme, even when what we are doing is not helping us, even harming us.
We can resist aggressively or passively, or both. Sadly, some of us resit to the point of premature aging and health problems, and even an early death. Others of us resit until we suffer greatly or get a sudden wake-up call. However we resist, we can choose to ease up on our resistance and start changing. It all starts with admitting that we struggle.
Don't we all struggle with something or someone. It seems to us that no one escapes the difficulties of living in a troubled world. We are all subject to entropy, uncertainty, inherent problems, unhealthy environments, accidents, natural disasters, harm from others, harm resulting from our own unhealthy choices and behavior and more. And no one does life well in the of vacuum self, or with the false belief the we, on our own, can deal with these problems successfully. We who are in a recovering way understand this pretty well.
One of the common themes that emerges from people's recovery stories is the role that help played in their recovery, and the importance of passing on that help to others. We all need help from outside ourselves, including help from other people, and the information, knowledge and wisdom they might share. We also need to be actively helping other people--for their good, our own good and the good of future generations. Receiving help and helping others certainly helps people solve problems and prevent problems.
To boil this down further, we need to love one another. We need to receive love and share love. Of course we all need to ask important questions about love. What is love? What does love in action look like? Where does love come from? How can we increase love in our lives and world, or decrease it?
One way we might be increase love is buy dealing well with our mental health, addiction and relationship problems. They often result in harm to self and others, in micro to macro ways. Paradoxically though, those of us who have indeed joined the ranks of the recovering are learning how to receive love and share love better. By doing so we just might be putting a little more love into a world that clearly needs it.
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, aging issue or other concerns 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 do not understand.
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: fears, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, depression, hopelessness, irritability, anger, pride,shame, either/or thinking, 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, working and/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 having a conversation with people living out 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 trustworthy others so that we might 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 are developing 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 it it The Whole Person - Whole Lifestyle Tool and will 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 Healthy and Unhealthy Thinking, Beliefs, Emotions, Wants, Choices and Behavior
- Understanding and Managing Healthy and Unhealthy Defenses and Diversions
- Staying Healthy When Helping the Hurting
- When Loved Ones Struggle: Helping Without Unhealthy Enabling
- Finding Freedom from Manipulation, Oppression and/or Abuse
- Keys to More Loving, Peaceful, Healthy and Lasting Relationships
- Reconciling Relationships with Love, Humility, Wisdom, Patience, Amends and Forgiveness
- Understanding and Managing Obstacles to Living a Healthy Lifestyle
- Managing Emotions in a Stressed-Out-Age
- Avoiding Extremes and Increasing Balance in Everyday Life
- Whole Love: Integrating Compassionate Care and Wise Behavior Management in Parenting and Beyond
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.