Educating, Supporting, and Breaking Down Stereotypes of the Mentally Ill and their Caregivers.

The Person I Started Out to Be

By BEP | Dec 19, 2017

“I KNOW TODAY, I’M NOT THE PERSON I STARTED OUT TO BE” – Craig Tschetter Author of FIFTEEN MINUTES AGO Grace Jones once said, “Everyone has to make their own decisions.  I still believe in that.  You just have to be able to accept the consequences without complaining.” At no time in my life have…

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January BEP Events

By BEP | Dec 16, 2017

January 6th BEP Board Member and Committee Chair Training on media tools and our business processes as a non-profit. January 8th BEP Board Meeting 7 PM, second floor MetaBank. January 21 Family Support Group, 1330 So. Main, Faith Reformed Church 6:00 to 7:30 PM. January 22 Annual Networking Social for BEP Volunteers and Friends, 6-9PM Wooden Legs Brewery, side room. Find out…

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BEP Presents to Brookings City Councel

By BEP | Dec 3, 2017

Last Tuesday evening,  members of the Brookings Empowerment Project presented an overview of BEP and our proposed transitional housing project. We were using this opportunity to educate the council about BEP, to outline the business plan we have developed for 2018, and to request funding from the city in support of our efforts. Here is a…

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Find a Way

By BEP | Dec 2, 2017

“Mental trauma will never end, so one needs to find a way to face the pain every day in order to survive.” Craig Tschetter, USMC Author of FIFTEEN MINUTES AGO My very first psychiatrist, Dr. Ching, told me in 1981, “Your memories are never ever going to leave you. The sooner you accept what I’ve…

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Suicide & Crisis Resources

By BEP | Nov 29, 2017

As the Brookings Mental Health Task Force continues to ask about different services available in the community we became aware of this new service to the community. The following is an excerpt from an email to the Task Force from Nikki Eining of Avera Behavioral in Brookings: I wanted to follow up about this specific…

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A Message from “Recovery Hope”

By BEP | Nov 26, 2017

Members and Friends of BEP, We are excited to introduce to you another resource in our community to help with the battle of Stigma of Mental Illness. was started by Caleb and Molly Anderson. After Caleb was admitted to treatment for opiate addiction, Molly made it her mission to learn more about how to…

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Being Hospitalized for Psychiatric Disorders

By BEP | Nov 19, 2017

On this episode of “On Call with the Prairie Doc,” Guest host, Dr. Deb Johnston, is joined by Matthew Stanley, DO, of Avera Medical Group University Psychiatry Associates Sioux Falls. They will discuss common outpatient and inpatient psychiatric conditions and their causes; how much psychiatric illness is thought to be the result of genetics or…

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VFW Auxiliary Supports BEP

By BEP | Nov 19, 2017

The VFW Auxiliary Third Sunday breakfast for September 2017 selected the Brookings Empowerment Project (BEP) for its nonprofit recipient.  This year the September breakfast was well attended, and the VFW Auxiliary recently presented the Brookings Empowerment Project with a check for $875 to continue its mission of “empowering those with persistent mental illness through supportive…

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BEP Book Review: His Bright Light, The story of Nick Traina by Danielle Steele

By BEP | Oct 31, 2017

His Bright Light, The story of Nick Traina Written by Danielle Steele Danielle Steel is a very prolific writer who has written more than 70 novels. She is considered the best selling author of our time  and has sold over 800 million copies of her books. All have been bestsellers. Most of her novels are…

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The Prairie Doc on Anxiety

By BEP | Oct 27, 2017

Thank you to Dr. Rick Holm, Brookings, for permission to share this episode of “On Call with the Prairie Doc.”    

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