July 4 is an excellent time to celebrate our nation’s independence and the Declaration of Independence’s vision of our rights as citizens. It’s also a great time to declare our personal values and celebrate our individual rights.

The Declaration of Independence says: “That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

At the CALM Center, Counseling & Recovery Services of Oklahoma’s crisis center for youth ages 10-17, the question was asked, what are the things that you value and you could not live without? The answers ranged from family to music, and all the answers were thoughtful.

Through trauma and stress, so many people lose their vision of life, liberty and happiness and their belief in independence to grow and change.  They forget that they have things to value. This is true for veterans with PTSD, children and adults who have suffered abuse, and individuals whose mental health issues are undiagnosed or untreated.

Our vision at Counseling & Recovery Services is to help children and adults, our clients and staff,  identify what has happened to help them and help them resume their spirit of independence, growth and change.

Our main office and Sand Springs office will close Friday, July 3, in observance of  July 4th Holiday and reopen Monday, July 6. The CALM Center will remain open around the clock to care for youth in crisis.

To learn more about our outpatient services, call 918.492.2554 or visit www.crsok.org.  Call 918.394.2256 to contact the CALM Center any time of day or night.