As we embrace the blossoming of spring, May brings with it an important opportunity to turn our attention to a subject often overlooked yet deeply impactful: mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness, advocating for support, and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health challenges.

In our fast-paced world, where the pressures of daily life can often feel overwhelming, prioritizing mental well-being is more crucial than ever.

Mental Health Awareness Month serves as a reminder that mental health is just as important as physical health, and that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

This month, we encourage you to join us in spreading awareness and fostering understanding around mental health. Here are a few ways you can participate:

1. Educate Yourself: Take the time to learn about different mental health conditions, their symptoms, and available resources for support. Knowledge is a powerful tool in reducing stigma and providing effective support to those in need.

2. Start Conversations: Break the silence surrounding mental health by initiating open and honest conversations with friends, family, and colleagues. By sharing your own experiences and listening without judgment, we can create a safe and supportive environment for everyone.

3. Support Mental Health Initiatives: Consider supporting organizations and initiatives dedicated to promoting mental health awareness, providing access to treatment, and advocating for policy changes. Your contribution, whether big or small, can make a significant difference in someone’s life.

4. Practice Self-Care: Remember to prioritize your own mental well-being by engaging in activities that bring you joy, relaxation, and peace of mind. Whether it’s meditation, exercise, or spending time with loved ones, self-care is essential for maintaining balance and resilience.

5. Seek Help if Needed: If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, don’t hesitate to reach out for support. There is help available, and you are not alone. Whether through therapy, support groups, or helplines, there are resources to assist you on your journey to healing and recovery.

Together, let’s work towards creating a world where mental health is treated with the same importance and compassion as physical health. This Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s unite in solidarity, empathy, and action to build a more supportive and inclusive community for all.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Jefferson City Area Board of Realtors for hosting the 18th Annual Cinco de Mayo 5K. Your commitment to supporting our cause and promoting a healthier, drug-free lifestyle is truly commendable. 

Thank you for your ongoing partnership and for making a difference in the lives of countless individuals. We are incredibly grateful for your continued support and look forward to many more successful collaborations in the future!

We’re thrilled to welcome Tanya Lankford as our new Director of Facilitated Programs, overseeing COPE, Team, and Baseline initiatives!

Starting May 1st, 2024, Tanya brings a wealth of experience and a passion for empowering teams and individuals to excel. Let’s give her a warm welcome and support as she leads us into new heights of success and collaboration! 

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Dan Thompson for his unwavering dedication and remarkable leadership throughout his tenure as the Director of CDFY Facilitated Programs. Dan’s tireless efforts have profoundly shaped our community, particularly in fostering a substance-free environment for our local youth. His commitment to providing safe and enriching spaces has not only left an indelible mark on countless lives but has also served as a beacon of inspiration for us all. We are thankful Dan will continue to be a facilitator with CDFY. Thank you, Dan, for your exemplary service and profound impact.

Congratulations, Class of 2024!

Welcome to a journey filled with endless possibilities, new friendships, and unforgettable memories. As you embark on this exciting chapter of your lives, remember to embrace every moment, challenge yourself, and always believe in the power of your dreams! 


Ah, summertime—the season of sun-kissed adventures, carefree days, and endless possibilities! As parents, we cherish this time with our children, relishing in the opportunity to create lasting memories and foster their growth and well-being. Here are some ways to make the most of summertime with your youth:


Unplug and Reconnect with Nature: Encourage your children to put down their devices and explore the great outdoors. Whether it’s a hike through the woods, a day at the beach, or simply playing in the backyard, spending time in nature can rejuvenate the mind and nourish the soul.


Embrace Creativity: Summer provides the perfect opportunity for children to unleash their creativity. Encourage them to try new hobbies, such as painting, gardening, or crafting. Foster their imagination through storytelling, building forts, or putting on backyard performances.


Cultivate Lifelong Learning: Keep your children’s minds engaged during the summer months by incorporating fun and educational activities into their routine. Visit museums, libraries, or historical sites to spark their curiosity and ignite a love for learning.


Encourage Physical Activity: With longer days and warmer weather, summer is the ideal time to get moving! Encourage your children to stay active by participating in sports, going for bike rides, or organizing outdoor games with friends and family.


Foster Independence: Use the summer break as an opportunity to teach your children valuable life skills and foster independence. Involve them in meal planning and cooking, encourage them to take on household chores, or embark on a DIY project together.


Connect with Community: Get involved in your community by volunteering for local events or participating in charitable activities. Encourage your children to give back to others and make a positive impact in their community.


Prioritize Rest and Relaxation: While it’s important to keep busy during the summer, don’t forget to prioritize rest and relaxation. Allow your children to unwind and recharge by scheduling downtime for relaxation, reading, or simply daydreaming under the shade of a tree.