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.
               January is National Mental Wellness Month
In honor of that I'd like to share some strategies to reduce stress:

1. Develop a positive attitude--people with positive attitudes are apt to be happier, more successful, and better able to handle crisis and stress. And in concert with the positive attitude, get an attitude of gratitude for what you have instead of dwelling on what you don't.

2. Avoid negative self talk--laugh at your mistakes and say I'll remember next time.

3. View a crisis situation as an opportunity--creative problem solving can expand your options. Try to make a list of good things that could result from the problem you're having to solve.

4. Laugh--Humor is a great stress reducer. Studies indicate laughter can make you healthier.

5. Exercise--Regular exercise increases energy and releases brain biochemicals to ward off depression and anxiety. Just a 15 minute walk a day will help keep body and soul together.

6. Improve your diet--During times of stress you can skip meals or eat junk food. A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fiber will help you maintain the physical and mental stress you need to deal with the situation.

7. Get enough rest- sleep disturbances are common during stress.

DON'T:

Don't use alcohol as a sleep aid--as it actually disrupts your sleep within 4 hours.

Don't over use caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes or food for emotional support.

      Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed !     

                                 
                           
   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