Depression Mood Disorders Blog

Depression & Mood Disorders Blog

The articles in this blog are for individuals who are either seeking treatment for depression, already receiving services and those in recovery from depression as well as their family members. Written by members of the Pine Rest staff and individuals in recovery, topics will include everything from warning signs of a depressive episode to tools for day to day living.

  • 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…


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“How do we HALT self-destructive behaviors? One way is to routinely monitor and take care of four aspects of our lives – Hunger/Hurt, Angry, Lonely, Tired – which can be remembered using the acronym H.A.L.T.”

– Jean Holthaus, LISW, “Putting a HALT to our Self-Destructive Behaviors

Woman holding up a sign reading "HALT"