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November: Promote an Attitude of Gratitude

November is the month when we harvest our seeds that were planted throughout the year. We celebrate with family, friends, and the community at large. We promote gratefulness and thankfulness for the bounty of what we have.  We enjoy the harvest on Thanksgiving Day.

Grow a Strong Family wants to share the bounty of resources and programs that we have developed.  The best way to do that is to raise awareness of Grow a Strong Family and how it meets the needs of those impacted by those with brain disorders/mental illnesses through the comprehensive multimedia website where so many resources are gathered and offered free and low cost https://growastrongfamily.org/ .

Beginning November 3, we will start our month-long campaign of counting steps (any activity can be enjoyed and converted to steps 😉), completing the virtual shape of our logo, and raising money in the process. It is called, “All Abilities Adventures!”  Registration levels are as a single individual, a pair, a team of three or more. Each registrant gets to decide fitness goal (steps) and fundraising goals! Compete with others at the same time, too

This is an opportunity to raise awareness and financial support for the families impacted by loved ones with mental illnesses/brain disorders by supporting Grow A Strong Family.

Any activities that are fun and promote movement can be used to raise money since they can be easily converted into steps!
For more information and to register, click here: https://www.charityfootprints.com/GASF2021/eventdetails

All registered participants will receive string backpacks for your essentials. Winners will receive special prizes including smart Alexa watches, books, cards, and games produced by Grow a Strong Family!

FYI: How it works:

  1. Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
  2. Follow the link to your very own fundraising page.
  3. Click to set-up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download our iOS or Android apps.
  4. There are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.
  5. Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.

The resource book, “Grieving in Earnest: Child Loss by Suicide/Brain Disorder,” has been published by amazon and can be purchased for $19.99!  It can be previewed on our website: https://growastrongfamily.org/earnestly-grieving/ We developed a playlist of songs that speak to our hearts as we grieve:  https://growastrongfamily.org/grief-in-earnest-playlist/

Reader beware, there are many so-called experts who spread misinformation and promote gaslighting both lived experiences and the evidence of experiences.  On Tuesday Oct 26, 2021, Newsweek posted an opinion piece by Dr. Vivian Pender, President of the American Psychiatric Association who penned a piece called, “Mental health doesn’t evolve in a vacuum.  Can mental illness be prevented?”  Her stance is that it can be prevented when social issues are addressed.  This is simply not true.  Science has shown that mental illnesses are brain disorders with a genetic connection within family systems.  While social issues like housing, lack of parity in pay and no continuum of services, etc certainly contribute to poorer outcomes, they are not the cause of mental illness or brain disorder. This piece is sad in that an educated person spreads misinformation and misses the identified needs of individuals with serious brain disorders and their families.  Here is a link to the article: https://www.newsweek.com/mental-health-doesnt-evolve-vacuum-can-mental-illness-prevented-opinion-1628071?fbclid=IwAR02Myb7Hl-CUZ1ROwBLYAR6ndD1C1MpAlAH9SCnjaBKEUw9jitu2mkjKUk

As the holidays approach, consider giving a gift certificate for coaching sessions!  Guide yourself, family, friends, colleagues, and others to the benefits of individualized, customized family life education services to improve their situations.  For more information and to purchase gift certificates: https://growastrongfamily.org/gift-certificates/

Peer group for parents who have lost a child to suicide/brain disorder.  Share the unimaginable and learn to live with the loss.  Wednesdays at 12 noon beginning Oct 6 via Zoom:

Mara Briere is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Meeting ID: 867 2496 1044
Passcode: gasf123

Thank you for supporting us in supporting caregivers impacted by someone’s mental illness/brain disorder.  If you can, feel free to donate!  https://growastrongfamily.org/donate/

For information about our board of Directors, click here:  https://growastrongfamily.org/about-the-gasf-board/

Please continue to take good, loving care of yourselves.  And when you need information, consider visiting our website!  It is chock full of great content.  https://growastrongfamily.org/

Be well!  DON’T GO IT ALONE!  We are here for you!