A Mental Health Consortium Serving Students in Lafayette County
Empowering Youths. Strengthening Families.

Brighter Futures is a mental health consortium serving students and their families in Lafayette County. The services we provide were developed to serve youth and families who may lack adequate assistance with:
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Mental health resources
  • Health insurance 
Our goal is to equip Lafayette County’s youth with healthy lifestyle tools designed to strengthen the family unit. The Brighter Futures Consortium includes all six Lafayette County public school districts.

To learn more about our services, contact us at 660.259.4391 ext. 227.

The Brighter Futures Consortium was made possible through a generous grant from the Lafayette County Children’s Services Fund. Funding for Brighter Families was provided in whole by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
                                  
NATIONAL STRESS-FREE FAMILY HOLIDAY MONTH
Great Expectations
The holiday season is a special time for enjoying our family and friends and celebrating traditions. However, it can also be a time for unrelenting stress. A common mistake made by many is trying the recreate the perfect Norman Rockwell holiday. The house is beautifully decorated with outdoor lights and an exquisitely trimmed Christmas tree; numerous presents, all carefully chosen and meticulously wrapped are displayed under the tree; the holiday meal, fit for a king, includes all the old-time favorites; and everyone is in a festive mood. Picture perfect, maybe, but is it realistic? Is this scene applicable or even relevant to your family today? If you and your family create stress by trying to meet unrealistic expectations, make a firm commitment to do things differently this year. The trick is to identify those things that are important to your family and develop holiday traditions that are uniquely your own. A tradition is simply a family ritual that celebrates the family and sets it apart. A holiday tradition for your family might simply be the time and way you open Christmas or Hanukkah presents, or preparing Grandma Tate's sweet potato casserole, or attending religious services or community programs together. Hold a family meeting to discuss the traditions in your family. Pace yourself, and involve every family member in the holiday preparations. And don’t expect perfection!
SIMPLIFY!

                                 
                           
   Funding for Brighter Futures projects are provided in part by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. The Brighter Futures Consortium is supported by a generous grant from the Lafayette County Children's Service Fund. 
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Brighter Futures Mental Health Consortium
2309 Aull Lane/Lexington, MO/64067
660.259.4391, ext. 227