The Village Blog

The Story of a Great Kid Who Just Needed a Little Help with His Mental Health
Apollo is a smart little guy, but was struggling at daycare. His parents didn't understand what was going on. Then, they found help at The Village in St. Cloud. Apollo was diagnosed with sensory perception disorder, and his parents are learning how to help him. This is their story: If you're [...]
A Story of Utilizing Resources Around You to Help with Mental Health
Casey Leigh might never have made an appointment to see a counselor if she hadn’t heard two women talking about their mental health journeys on a true crime podcast. The 27-year-old Fargo woman had convinced herself she didn’t need therapy, that other people needed counseling more than she did [...]
Tips for Coping When Your Thoughts Just Won't Stop
Have you ever replayed a train of thought in your head over and over again? No matter what you do, you can’t seem to think about anything else. Rumination is the act or habit of obsessing over negative events or interactions in the past, and it is a stress-magnifier that can have negative effects on [...]
Understanding Codependency in Relationships and How to Move Forward
Try to envision all of the relationships you have in your life – your relationship with your parents, your spouse, your children, or your best friend. Do any stick out to you? Would you classify any or all of these relationships as being fulfilling and mutually beneficial, or would you classify them [...]
Volunteer BBBS Mentor Sees Difference A Perfect Match Can Make
Framed photos decorate Char Laney’s tidy desk at JDP Electric, Inc., in Fargo. Among pictures of family members and pets is a small silver frame. It shows Char with her “youngest friend,” on their first outing to West Acres mall. Since 2014, Char has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of The [...]
Information to Understand the Options Available to You
You’re pregnant. This wasn’t part of your plan. There’s no doubt you have thoughts and questions swirling in your brain right now. Sometimes deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy is easy. Other times, the questions and answers are more complicated. You deserve accurate information about [...]
A Licensed Addiction Counselor Explains the Process
Substance use is something that impacts people from all walks of life, regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic status. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 10.2 percent of Americans battled a substance use disorder in 2020. That's 28.3 million people. Has a family [...]
How Mentorship impacts the Lives of Youth
Po·ten·tial (pə-ten-chəl): Having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future What can we do to defend the potential in the lives of kids in our community who, through no fault of their own, may not be facing the best life circumstances? How can we show them that they [...]
Harper Overcame School-Related Anxiety with the Help of Mental Health Counseling
Harper Woltjer’s struggles with school-related anxiety started in kindergarten and worsened each year. Her tummy hurt every day. She didn’t want to ride the bus or go to school. This shy, artistic girl would cry and work herself up to the point of vomiting. By second grade, her Mooreton, ND, family [...]