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Welcome to the website of River Edge Behavioral Health Center. We have provided state-of-the-art prevention, treatment and support services for children, youth, families and adults who experience mental illness, addiction, co-occurring disorders or developmental disabilities across a widening swath of Georgia since 1950.

Our work saves lives and money. Our mantra is: "We make life better." A dynamic, ever-improving and growing organization, we are committed to making life better for the people and communities we serve, for the people who choose to join our team - staff, partners and donors.

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River Edge Supports Spring Prom for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (WMAZ Coverage)

River Edge Behavioral Health Center Developmental Disabilities Services supported a spring prom Friday, April 10 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lundy Chapel Missionary Baptist Church



River Edge to Support Spring Prom for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

River Edge Behavioral Health Center Developmental Disabilities Services will support a spring prom Friday, April 10 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lundy Chapel Missionary Baptist Church



Macon Individuals Complete My Voice. My Participation. My Board Training

Tamika Woods, Greg Childs and Tina Wheeler have completed an exclusive training series called “My Voice. My Participation. My Board.” sponsored by Georgia State University’s Center for Leadership in Disability.



J. Ray Grant Jr., MD Joins River Edge Behavioral Health Center

Monroe County native Dr. J. Ray Grant has joined River Edge Behavioral Health Center as the new medical director.

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Workplace Stress, Part I of 2

Workplace stress is one of the most common forms of stress.  Its sources are diverse.  At an interpersonal and intrapersonal level, these sources can include life events or daily hassles, conflict management issues, different communication styles among co-workers, time management, personality traits and perception factors.  At an organizational level, workplace stress contributors include role conflict, decreased independence and lack of support from coworkers, supervisors and others.
Woman in Stress
Workplace stress can have significant effects on an individual.  It can contribute to an increase in depression, anxiety and sleep disorders.  It can lower self-esteem and reduce a person’s belief in his ability to succeed.  For the organization, it can mean increased turnover, absenteeism, reduced productivity and general workplace problems.  Experts often note job stress as a contributing factor in the development of burnout, a more extreme stress reaction marked by physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism, detachment from the workplace and depersonalization—the loss of identity or the sense that thoughts and feelings seem unreal.

Although work-related stress has been known to increase the risk of heart disease, a new German study is uncovering a strong association between work stress and type II diabetes.

Vicki Hess, RN and author of SHIFT to Professional Paradise: 5 Steps to Less Stress, More Energy & Remarkable Results at Work has developed a 5-step approach for minimizing stress, which she calls SHIFT.  Here’s the breakdown:



Foundation Presents First Annual Staff Giving Campaign

In June, The River Edge Foundation presented its first annual staff giving camRiver Edge Foundationpaign.  Chaired by Susan Johansen, the committee members included Amy Bass, Glendoria Fryer, Jamie Gray and Anita Wall.



10 Tips for Raising Resilient Kids

We often think of adulthood as the point in life filled with serious responsibilities, however, childhood isn’t exactly stress-free.  Kids take tests, change schools, sometimes change neighborhoods, get sick, suffer bullying, make new friends and occasionally get hurt by those friends.
10 tips for raising resilient kids
What helps kids in navigating these kinds of challenges is resilience.  Resilient youth are problem solvers.  They face unfamiliar or tough situations and strive to find good solutions.

Resilient children are hopeful and possess high self-worth.  They feel special and appreciated.  They have learned to set realistic goals and expectations.  They have developed the ability to solve problems and to make decisions, thus they are more likely to view mistakes, hardships and obstacles as challenges to confront rather than as stressors to avoid.

Resilient children are aware of their weaknesses and vulnerabilities but they also recognize their strong points and talents.  They have developed effective interpersonal skills with peers and adults and are able to seek out assistance and nurturance in appropriate ways.  They focus on the aspects of their lives over which they have control rather than those over which they have little or no influence.

All this doesn’t mean that these kids have, or are ready, to do everything on their own.  It simply means they know how to ask for help and are able to problem-solve their next steps.

Resilience isn’t something children are born with.  Parents play a crucial role in equipping their kids with the skills they need to grow into resilient adults.

Below, Lynn Lyons, LICSW, a psychotherapist who specializes in treating anxious families and co-author of the book Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children with anxiety expert Reid Wilson, Ph.D. shared her valuable suggestions for raising resilient kids.

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