How Institutional Racism and Racial Microaggressions Affect Minority Mental Health

In honor of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, I’d like to address an important issue impacting our society – institutional racism and racial microaggressions. It is no secret that our country has a significant history of racism. Some argue that...

Supporting Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum

As more and more children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it is important as a parent to learn more about the disorder and those who experience ASD. Current estimates from the Center for Disease Control are that 1...

Tips for Talking to Someone You Think is Self-Harming

The majority of people who self-harm carry great shame regarding their method for managing emotions. Therefore, there are not clear statistics on the prevalence self-harm. However, estimates range from 13-24% of the population. Self-harm typically begins in adolescence and the...

Caring For Yourself When There’s Traumatic News

Do you have a smart phone? Regularly access news on the internet? Check in often on your social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.? If you do, you are probably getting ample exposure to the news and media. If...

13 Principles of Healing After Spiritual Abuse

Spirituality often becomes more important to us in times of tragedy, loss, suffering and illness because it connects us to both our higher power and those around us, helps us to find meaning and purpose, and brings us hope and...

The Do’s and Don’t’s for Responding Spiritually to Tragedy

By Bob Vandepol, MSW Spirituality often becomes more important to us in times of tragedy, loss, suffering and illness because it connects us to both our higher power and those around us, helps us to find meaning and purpose, and...

Childhood Abuse – Not Just in the Past

By Rev. Kathryn Bird DeYoung “Then Amnon said to his sister Tamar, ‘Now bring the food into my bedroom and feed it to me here.’ So Tamar took it to him. But as she was feeding him, he grabbed her...

Balancing Parenting and Self-Care

  Moms, you are gardeners. You garden the lives of your children and many others! Are you enjoying the gardening or is it drudgery for you? If it feels more like drudgery than joy, then guess what? You are giving…

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children,…

SuperMom And Other Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression

By Gretchen Johnson, MSN, RN-BC I really don’t know of any women who go into pregnancy wanting or expecting to be a bad mom. We want to do it all: have the baby, get back in shape, feel rested and…