On February 8, 2019 Kersten and I had the privilege to again participate in the Greenwood Elementary School Family Service Night. The school was very active with a commitment and effort to help others, even with the temperature outside very cold and the roads slippery.
The Greenwood students wrote beautiful letters and created art work for service members which are always warmly received and appreciated by deployed Minnesota soldiers. The Greenwood parents AGAIN generously donated Holiday, Cub and Target Gift Cards! Their very generous gifts will help PBYR distribute needed assistance to Service Members, Veterans and/or their Families that could use some emergency help.
PBYR greatly appreciates the support of Angela Leger and the Greenwood Elementary Parents and Students!!!
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D., LP
President, PBYR Board
October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month is a great time to take action for bullying prevention in schools, recreational and faith-based programs, communities, and at home. Below are some tips and resources on how you can take action to stop or prevent bullying.
From Bystander to Upstander Twitter Chat, October 25, 3:30 Eastern
Learn how to become an Upstander to Bullying on October 25. Join StopBullying.gov’s Twitter Chat with the Family Online Safety Institute, GLSEN, Islamic Networks Groups, and the Music in Me Foundation for From Bystander to Upstander at 3:30 p.m. eastern. Use #BeAnUpstander to join the chat. Parents and teens – join the chat and tell us how you stand up against bullying!
In July, 2018 Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon was able to track down valuable information for a family involved in college search. There is a Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon Program for Colleges and significant cost savings are possible if families qualify for this program. This article discusses the program and the military family was appreciative that PBYR was able to promptly respond and help: https://www.military.com/education/gi-bill/the-yellow-ribbon-program-explained.html
The Yellow Ribbon program is designed to help students avoid up to 100% of their tuition.
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
Military OneSource Webinars (Interactive Webinars)
Have a Healthier Summer
Summer is almost here! This can mean lots of BBQs, vacations, and plenty of sun. Join us for a webinar presentation to learn tips to stay healthy and safe during the summer months.
June 14th 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm | June 20th 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Link: https://connect.militaryonesourceconnect.org/iwebs/ (link for both event dates)
Presenter: Liz Gray and Alyson Lilley
PTSD Care and Support: Real Warriors Campaign Resources
Post-traumatic stress disorder can develop after experiencing, witnessing or learning the details of a traumatic event. Join this webinar to learn about the care and support available to those suffering with PTSD.
June 21st 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Presenter: Air Force TSgt Bradley Blair
Michael J. Meier | Minnesota Military OneSource State Consultant
firstname.lastname@example.org | Office: 612-751-4290
Visit www.militaryonesource.mil or call: 800-342-9647
Get more information and register at http://bit.ly/empoweringvets
Who: Open to the public
What: Dr. Stevan Hobfoll (Speaker)
Where: College of St. Scholastica Science Center Auditorium
When: May 3rd at 6 pm (time may change slightly)
POC: Jeff Pearson at Jpearson3@css.edu or 218-723-5944
**Synopsis of lecture:
Dr. Hobfoll will speak regarding the background of human stress response as well as PTS. He will highlight his research and treatment successes of PTS among the veteran population, as well as how combat, experience and social factors affect PTS among US and Isreali Defense Forces veterans.
Attached is a flyer for a Youth Mental Health First Aid class that we are offering on May 11th at the North Memorial Health Specialty Center located at 3435 West Broadway Ave in Robbinsdale. This class is free, but space is limited – register early! To register for this class, please visit northmemorial.com/events.
Maple Grove Hospital and North Memorial Health are partnering with
the Minnesota Department of Health to offer this Youth Mental Health
First Aid class in our community.
As of April 1, Crisis Text Line is offering Text-based suicide prevention services across Minnesota. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Now we need your help in getting the word out!
Each year I am hired to go to Washington, DC, with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation’s capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall’s trip was especially memorable.
On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history — that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II.
Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed toward the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, ‘Where are you guys from?’ Continue reading