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Preventing Suicide: Risk Factors, Warning Signs, Safety Plans and Hotlines

Preventing Suicide: Risk Factors, Warning Signs, Safety Plans and Hotlines
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, set aside to support and connect with those who’ve been impacted by a death by suicide or have suicidal thoughts as well as to create more awareness about suicide prevention. Thinking about or attempting...

Pine Rest Traverse City Clinic Expands Its Psychiatric Services

Pine Rest Traverse City Clinic Expands Its Psychiatric Services

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services’ Traverse City Clinic increased its services recently. Having two new psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners will expand its ability to respond to the growing mental health crisis. Laurie Anger, MSN, NP, PMHNP-BC, is a…

The Truth About E-Cigarettes: What Parents, Teens & the Public Should Know

The Truth About E-Cigarettes: What Parents, Teens & the Public Should Know
The vaping industry has run a very successful campaign to create a widespread perception that e-cigarettes or vaping is less dangerous to users than smoking conventional cigarettes. But are they really? The information available can be confusing. For every story...

Understanding Addiction and Substance Use Disorders Can Aid Recovery

Understanding Addiction and Substance Use Disorders Can Aid Recovery
More than 19.7 million Americans age 12 and older had substance use disorder in the past year. (SAMHSA, 2017) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a broad term that covers what used to be called substance abuse and substance dependence. It...

Don’t Let Workplace Stress Ruin Your Labor Day Holiday

Don’t Let Workplace Stress Ruin Your Labor Day Holiday

Originally intended as a day for relaxation and celebration of the American worker, Labor Day today is very different from the first Labor Day in 1882. Back then, a largely industrial and agricultural workforce could disconnect from work on Labor…

Can suicide risk be detected in the blood?

Can suicide risk be detected in the blood?

Five-year, $3.6 million federal grant to fuel search for biomarker-based methods to evaluate suicide risk. The project is the first longitudinal study of its kind, and is a collaboration between Van Andel Institute’s Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D., Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services’ Eric Achtyes, M.D., M.S., and Columbia University Department of Psychiatry’s John Mann, M.D.

Beyond Concussions: TBI

Beyond Concussions: TBI

School is back in session and football and soccer are underway at virtually every school and college. While these sports may not cause the majority of head injuries, undoubtedly the coming months will bring an increase in the incidence of…

Tips for Parenting Tweenagers

Tips for Parenting Tweenagers
Parenting tweenagers is not for the faint of heart. With each of my children, somewhere between the ages of 9 and 12 they went from wanting to spend time with me and talking my ear off, to basically wanting nothing...

Sleep is Critically Important for Children and Teens

Sleep is Critically Important for Children and Teens

Most children and teens are not getting enought sleep. Pine Rest’s Dr. Gregory Mallis shares tips on helping your child or teen achieve healthier sleep.