Thanksgiving Blessings in a Difficult Year

Thanksgiving Blessings in a Difficult Year

Thanksgiving Blessings in a Difficult Year

What a different Thanksgiving Day this year’s will be! COVID-19 has changed everything. All of us have experienced significant losses in 2020. By now our list of losses may be longer than our list of thanks. Adding the loss of…

Hope for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Hope for Survivors of Suicide Loss
Suicide is a tragic and stark reminder of just how connected we all are to one another. The void left when someone dies by suicide is unlike anything else, with the impact rippling through a community in immeasurable ways. Suicide...

A Conversation About Depression

A Conversation About Depression

Van Andel Institute hosted “A Conversation About Depression — Hosted by Carol Van Andel.” The fully virtual event discussed the biological underpinnings of depression and explored how a better understanding of the disorder can be translated into improved diagnostics and treatments. The panel included Pine Rest’s Dr. Eric Achtyes and Dr. Mark Eastburg. Link to full video.

Teaching Our Kids About Gratitude

Teaching Our Kids About Gratitude

Gratefulness is an emotion – it is not something we can force our children to experience. While we can’t make a child appreciate something, we can encourage them to say “thank you” and provide teachable moments about being appreciative and…

How to Count Your Blessings When You’re Feeling Depressed

How to Count Your Blessings When You’re Feeling Depressed

“What if I just don’t have any blessings to count this holiday season?” Thanksgiving and the holiday season that follows represents an opportunity to count our blessings and have an attitude of gratitude. But for people experiencing difficult life circumstances…

What is a ‘Fitness for Duty’ Assessment, and Can My Employer Make Me Take One?

What is a ‘Fitness for Duty’ Assessment, and Can My Employer Make Me Take One?

A Fitness for Duty Assessment (FFD) is a mental health evaluation in which a psychologist performs tests and provides feedback about an employee’s mental fitness to perform a specific job. These evaluations are usually done when a circumstance occurs that…

Self-Care for Stressful Times

Self-Care for Stressful Times
Life is extraordinarily challenging this year, so it’s more important than ever to be intentional about your self-care. Not to be confused with selfishness or self-indulgence, self-care allows us to be resilient in stressful times AND be there for those...

Be Mindful Today; Live Better Tomorrow

Be Mindful Today; Live Better Tomorrow

  “In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.” — Eckhart Tolle Mindfulness is an ancient practice that has been lost in today’s modern…

Managing Stress Related to Political Change

Managing Stress Related to Political Change

Political uncertainty can be challenging, regardless of your beliefs or where you fall on the political spectrum. For many Americans, the transition of power and the rapid speed of change may cause stress and anxiety about the political environment and…