Strengthening Our Mental Health: Lessons from the Pandemic

Strengthening Our Mental Health: Lessons from the Pandemic

Strengthening Our Mental Health: Lessons from the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic was a “perfect storm” of circumstances that challenges our collective mental health. The good news is we’ve all learned a lot about how to nurture our mental health in order to weather this storm. But now is…

How to Work Through Group Treatment for Substance Use

How to Work Through Group Treatment for Substance Use

Imagine that for years you have been living a double life because of your substance use addiction. In that double life, you have been dishonest with the people closest to you, have fallen short of your own ideals for yourself….

Depression in the Pandemic Workplace: What Can We Do?

Depression in the Pandemic Workplace: What Can We Do?

By Bob VandePol, MSW   The pandemic and all the ensuing uncertainty and disruption in our lives, communities and globally has fueled a surge of individuals reporting depression symptoms. Some surveys report as many as three times more than in…

Reducing Mental Illness Stigma Encourages People to Seek Help

Reducing Mental Illness Stigma Encourages People to Seek Help
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Pandemic life has been stressful, and none of us would be surprised to hear that mental illnesses—such as anxiety, depression and others—are being reported at significantly higher rates for all ages. Alarmingly, reports...

Mindfulness Made Easy

Mindfulness Made Easy

Mindfulness can improve our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and help you be more resilient during stressful times. Don’t worry, you don’t need to do formal mediation to reap the benefits. Many routine activities lend themselves to practicing mindfulness.

Healing the Family, Healing Addiction

Healing the Family, Healing Addiction
I just want things to be "normal" again... I hear this from both the individual suffering from addiction and the family members that ache for their return to health. Addiction does not occur in a vacuum. Everyone loses when addiction...

You Can Help Prevent Suicide

You Can Help Prevent Suicide
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. That’s about 123 individuals each day. And for every death there are 25 attempts. The financial cost is a staggering $69 billion annually.1 The cost of life as well...

Supporting Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum

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. A 2018 report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

Managing Stress for a Healthy Family

Managing Stress for a Healthy Family

Children model their parents’ behaviors, including those related to managing stress. Parents who deal with stress in unhealthy ways risk passing those behaviors on to their children. Alternatively, parents who cope with stress in healthy ways can not only promote…