Sequel Pomegranate’s mission is simply to help adolescents and their families recover from the effects of mental illness, learn to care for themselves and each other; and achieve the highest possible quality of life in their homes and communities- whatever that may look like: bio family, kinship care, foster care, group home family, or new family-as independent living with schooling and/or job. But those are the words and pledges. This mission is something our team seeks to embody on a daily basis through the good and triumphant moments and through the dark and difficult feelings and behaviors that are expressed during the course of treatment and recovery. Each teen and family have a ‘context’, the rest of his or her story.
Driving from one end of Ohio to the other, one sees the small towns, semi-rural and rural communities, suburbs, and cities-both small and large. At the neighborhood level, impressive palatial homes and or old homes in river towns with perhaps rotting front porch supports and in need of a roof and/or windows, large city apartment complexes, or farm houses far from towns. At the regional level, there are distinctly different micro-populations –beyond supporters of Browns or Bengals, Buckeyes or Steelers. At the geographic level, ‘Firelands’, Portsmouth or Marietta on the Ohio River, the Miami Valley or Western Reserve have a very different vibe than Hocking Hills. Even weather systems impact where you’re from in Ohio with ‘Lake Effect Snow’, Bellefontaine ridge, or ‘Little Switzerland’ a real thing. You see the differences in care environments and referring sources from community hospitals to mega-block, multi-site institutions, combined county agencies or large specialized court systems.
History lends names (Washington Court House) or genealogical origin-(Native American-Wyandot County, or Scioto) and fascinating markers from times when Shawnee Indians, or Lucas Sullivant walked the earth in Franklinton, where our facility is located. Geological features such as rolling hills and winding roads, heavily forested, or home to mighty rivers-shape us and define our sense of place. Socio-cultural background could indicate if one were raised in Amish country or inner city Cleveland, Toledo, or Gallipolis, St. Clairsville, or Appalachian Athens. There is the big influence of employment and economic health which directly impacts jobs- whether one works in farming, coal, automotive, energy/tech, manufacturing, medical, government, education, insurance, or retail. Family composition and stability are immensely important beyond just medical or psychological history. All factor in to state of mind, physical and mental health and sense of community- where one ‘comes from’ and into how one heals, whether one feels safe (crime rates?) or has a supportive environment to rely upon.
Mental and behavioral health disorders do not distinguish origin or context- just as everyone can suffer a cold or a broken bone. Data does suggest higher rates of SED, serious emotional disturbance among those experiencing poverty- SAMHSA data 8% on average vs. 11-13% below poverty line. Another common contributor to mental and behavioral health issues is the number of ACES, adverse (traumatic) childhood experiences-which can affect brain development. Violence in the home impacts one’s experience, and everyone has different resilience mechanisms.
Sequel Pomegranate connects with adolescents across the spectrum in need of help. Because each child brings a different history and story, our approach is multi-disciplinary. We realize it takes therapy, several types-coupled with nursing care and medication/med management to arrive at an optimum solution with longer term results. At the root of it all you’ll find empathy. Whether it’s the smile and greeting from Edna or Lakeisha in the kitchen, the wisdom of Dr. Vaka or nurse practitioner Kristin, D.O.N. Melissa, or the listening ear of therapists Cory, Eric, Tony, Clay or Erika, the inspiration and insight of Ruth on an art project, the care of mental health associates, or dedication of drivers Flu, Mike, Tom and Kenny, or steady oversight of Brian, Dan, or Joe across the building supervising fire inspections, making repairs or painting- the entire team 200+ ‘has it’.
Thanks All for a wonderful 2016! We look forward to the New Year! [Our next chapter . . . ]
All the very best!