Wishing You the Very Best in 2021

No new year has ever been as anticipated and awaited as 2021. Although the stroke of midnight is unlikely to bring magical new beginnings, every new year brings the feeling…

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Thinking of All of You at Christmas

It can be hard to find the right words this time of year. "Merry" and "Christmas" are two that come to mind. If you celebrate Christmas and are feeling merry,…

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A Fond Farewell to Steven Allen on His Retirement

Steven Allen, Deputy Director of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, is retiring at the end of this month. Steve first visited Families as Allies in 2017, in the midst…

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From the Executive Director: I Am Thankful

Our minds often turn to thankfulness at this time of the year. I am thankful to be the executive director of Families as Allies and have the honor and privilege…

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With Love, Gratitude and Respect to Tessie

How do you say goodbye to an icon in the family movement? An esteemed mentor? A much-beloved friend? I don’t know. But sometimes life gives us no choice. Tessie Brunini…

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How We Can Unite as a Community of Families

Thank you to all of you who joined us for Families as Allies' first community conversation last Friday. The goal of the conversation was for everyone to share their ideas…

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The Life of Ahmaud Arbery

I don't know the words to describe the horror of Ahmaud Arbery being gunned down while jogging. I cannot imagine the heart-wrenching angst his mother is feeling this Mother's Day…

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Health Disparities: What They Mean and Why They Matter

The COVID-19 crisis has brought to light the issue of health disparities. This article from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines health disparities as “preventable differences in the burden…

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