Your Checklist for Preventing the Winter Blahs

Your Checklist for Preventing the Winter Blahs

Your Checklist for Preventing the Winter Blahs

Just because the weather is colder and you’re going to be indoors more doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with family and friends this winter! Elizza LeJeune, LMSW, shares tips on lessening the negative mental health impacts of winter.

Recognizing the Signs of Bipolar Disorder

Recognizing the Signs of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a treatable serious mental illness. It can affect a person’s thoughts, feelings, mood and overall functioning. Formerly known as manic-depression, bipolar disorder is marked by dramatic shifts in mood, energy and activity levels. People with this disorder…

Overcoming Depression: How Psychologists Help with Depressive Disorders

Overcoming Depression: How Psychologists Help with Depressive Disorders

Everyone experiences sadness at times. But depression is something more. Depression is extreme sadness or despair that lasts more than days. It interferes with the activities of daily life and can even cause physical pain. Fortunately, depression is highly treatable….

Depression in the Workplace: What We Can Do

Depression in the Workplace: What We Can Do

Depression is a top reason for absenteeism, presenteeism and disability. A serious medical illness, it affects a person’s mood, concentration, activity level, interests, appetite, social behavior and physical health. Although very treatable, a person with depression symptoms may need encouragement to seek treatment. Learn the warning signs and what you and your organization can do to help.

The Different Faces of Depression

The Different Faces of Depression

October is Depression Awareness Month With over 300 million experiencing depression worldwide, it is one of the most common mental health conditions that exists. Depression affects people of all ages, ethnicity, race, gender and income levels. Yet depression can look…

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...

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.

5 Mental Health Tips for Millennials (and Everyone Else, Too!)

5 Mental Health Tips for Millennials (and Everyone Else, Too!)
Millennials are reporting increasing rates of depression, anxiety and stress. Depression diagnoses alone are up 31% for millennials since 2014 with depression now affecting 5.5% of millennials in West Michigan.1 Why is the rate rising is not completely clear, however...

SAD in the Summer?

SAD in the Summer?

“It’s summer. Shouldn’t I feel better?” Living in the Midwest, many people often discuss having some form of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The weather is used as a conversation starter and a common topic to fill awkward social interactions. The…

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness

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, work in the next cubicle or sit…