Entries by Morgan Coyner

Reflections from a Summer Intern

Written by Helen Phillips, Development Team Intern
When you think of a teenager’s job, you might think of a retail store or fast food restaurant. My brother, for example, worked as a “bag boy” at Richland Country Club until he left for college a few weeks ago.…

Waiting For Morning

Written by Joy Fanguy, Clinical Associate
In the spring of 2008, I sat in a small kitchen inside a children’s home that ran out of an abandoned hospital in the tiny town of Garca, Brazil. As I chatted with the mother of the home, she shared with me that sometimes the children came to the home in the middle of the night kicking and screaming, and that she had to hold them tight until the Enemy no longer had control over them.…

Three Common Misconceptions About Your Mental Health

Over the last decade, there’s been a significant trend in organizations doing work to raise awareness about the importance of mental health. Historically, there’s been a stigma around mental health diagnoses and treatment. Though things have gotten better, they still aren’t perfect.…

Somebody’s Daughter

Written by Dani Branham, Clinic Nurse
Driving to work today, I heard a song on the radio that reminded me of the clients that we serve at The Next Door—“Somebody’s Daughter” by Tenille Towns. In this song, she reminds us all that we are valued, we have family, and there are always people in our corner rooting for us, regardless of who we are.…

When Words Fail

Written by Morgan Coyner, Grant Coordinator, and Cindy Birdsong, Art Therapist
Our residential and partial hospitalization clients have weekly art therapy sessions. Cindy Birdsong, TND’s art therapist, curates a safe, nurturing space for women to open their minds and create.
Observing art therapy is not allowed.…

Providing Hope to Women in Crisis

Written by Tonia Bird, Director of Admissions
I can’t take this anymore. 
I think my family would be better off without me. 
Sometimes I just wish I were dead… 
These statements are often heard from clients when they bravely call into admissions asking for help. …

TN Faces of Opioids

The TN Department of Health is launching a new publicity campaign this week called The Faces of the Opioid Crisis. They state, “As you all know, Tennessee is among the hardest-hit states when it comes to the opioid epidemic. The story of its impact is often told in numbers:  1,268 opioid overdose deaths in Tennessee in 2017; more than six million painkiller prescriptions in our state in 2018.  …

Introducing The Next Door’s Recovery Care Clinic

Written by Bethany Brummitt, Recovery Care Clinic Manager
How many times have you heard the words “opioid crisis,” “overdose,” or “Narcan” in media outlets within the last month?   Lost count?  Yeah, me too.  In 2019, it’s reasonable to state that each one of us knows someone who has been directly or indirectly affected by the opioid epidemic.  …

Christ Presbyterian Spotlights The Next Door

 
As a Nashville facility that provides rehabilitation services to women impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma or incarceration, the non-profit known as The Next Door regularly relies on volunteers to help with needs such as stocking the supply closet, serving a meal or building relationships with the female residents.…