All children deserve a chance.

Not just any chance, but a true opportunity
To have a childhood.
To dream.
To reach their fullest potential.

Reaching Out

More children are struggling with mental health issues today than ever before. In fact, behavioral and emotional disorders affect thousands of children right here in our community. And it is a sad truth that two-thirds of these kids never receive the help they need.

The good news is that treatment does work for those who receive it.

Child Guidance Center is dedicated to providing child-centered, family-focused mental health services in Lincoln. Utilizing a combination of unique programs and proven strategies to meet every individual's needs, we serve more than 2,000 children and adolescents each year.

The services we provide are available to all youth throughout the community, regardless of financial ability.

How Getting More Sleep Makes You an Altruistic Person

You don’t have to give millions to charity or volunteer 10 hours a week to be an altruistic person; you can give back in small ways, like living your everyday life in an uplifting way. When you feel your best, people are fueled by that positivity. Like William Arthur Ward said, “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” But feeling your best means getting sufficient sleep.

You’re much less likely to be a positive person if you sleep less than seven hours a night, like more than half of American adults. March 20 was National Sleep Day which promotes healthy living by getting seven to nine hours of sleep each night. You can restore hope and spread kindness just by getting one more hour of sleep. Here are three benefits to sufficient sleep:

Less irritable—This is a no-brainer; if you feel less irritated then you’re more likely to help someone and speak the universal language of kindness. Ample sleep decreases irritability and makes life easier and happier. During sleep, your brain removes toxins, but if you get less sleep, those toxins stay in your brain and influence your mood. Create a sleep schedule and stick to it.

Higher moral judgement—Sleep deprivation affects our interpretation of everyday events. Since we don’t assess situations accurately, our reaction and judgement is impaired. In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to become lost in yourself, especially with lack of sleep. With more sleep, you’re more likely to have higher moral judgement. You’ll identify when people need help and follow through by helping them.

Reduced stress—Stress causes tension, anxiety, poor concentration, depression and apathy. We all naturally become stressed sometimes, but it’s important to know how to manage it. Sleeping seven to nine hours each night without the use of medication can dramatically reduce the feeling of stress. You’ll be more likely to laugh, smile and be a kinder person.

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