Mental Wellness

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Mental Health Disorders

In recent years I believe we’ve made excellent strides in starting to remove the stigma associated with mental health disorders. With awareness growing, sometimes it’s helpful to go back to the basics to make sure everyone is on the same page. A mental health disorder is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling…

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Mental Health Apps – Pros and Cons

Technology has invaded nearly every crevice of our modern society, so it’s no surprise at the ever-increasing number of health related apps available on our smartphones particularly mental health related apps. Individuals who suffer from mental health disorders can find apps that help them manage stress by leading them in breathing exercises or apps…


The Importance of Friendship

The New Year gives us the opportunity to evaluate our lives and realize what’s most important to us. Hopefully topping that list for you are the people who make life less lonely—your friends. We tell children how important making good friends can be because our friends have a great impact on our outlook on…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

While winter does have a certain elegant beauty, the days are shorter and less bright causing many people each year to develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  SAD is a type of depression that occurs during specific seasons usually starting in late fall and continuing until the start of spring though in rare cases can…

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Suicide Prevention

Unfortunately, the holiday season isn’t merry and bright for everyone. The number of suicides and suicide attempts actually increase during the holidays. If you’re reading this and struggling with suicidal thoughts, the National Suicidal Prevention Lifeline is available to you 24/7. It’s free and confidential: 1-800-273-8255. According to the CDC, over 38,000 Americans lose…

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The Gift of Relaxation

While the holidays are a fun time of year, to-do lists seem to get longer and stress levels sometimes grow bigger. So during all the hustle and bustle this year, we should also make time for some relaxation. Cultivating relaxation techniques into your daily routine is a great way to lower stress—which left unchecked…


Gender and Mental Health

  We hear a lot about gender equality, and I am by no means discrediting equal opportunities for men and women in school and the workplace. I believe everyone should be given equal opportunities to succeed and prosper. But from an early age our gender does influence how we view and experience the world,…


Signs of Mental Abuse

  Sometimes when days are long and stress is high we have fights with our spouse or best friend and we both say things we don’t mean out of anger. We’re all human and some days we just are pushed to the end of our rope and loose our filter. When things settle down,…


Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Sometimes that old cliché, “when it rains, it pours” rings true, and sometimes life makes it feel like you also lost your umbrella. I imagine that’s the tip of the iceberg in describing how people who battle with substance abuse and mental health issues feel on a daily basis….


Benefits of Meditation

Benefits of Mediation If you already set aside 20 minutes of your day to meditation, you are well on your way to better health and the rest of us should catch up! Meditation has been proven to have multiple health benefits. Reduces Stress – Studies have shown that meditation helps you control your emotions…