Get Informed: The more you know…
Having worked in mental health services for over 25 years, I have had the privilege of meeting many courageous people who are walking through life, facing challenges head on, combating obstacles to recovery, and being brave enough to tackle stigma by identifying themselves as a “peer.” Read More.
While we tend to focus on the effects of alcohol on our younger generation, there is a growing alcohol issue with our senior population. Alcoholism is a rising problem as baby boomers are facing life-altering events such as retirement, losing a loved one, or losing one’s life purpose. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), drinking among seniors age 50 and older is rapidly increasing. In fact, drinking within this population has been growing the most! Read More.
DBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, has grown to be a well-regarded form of mental health treatment. Krista Zanfardino, LCSW and Associate Vice President at CoveCare Center states, “DBT offers an excellent set of tools to learn how to deal with your emotions in an effective, positive way.” Read More.
It all starts with hope. Hope drives recovery, just as it drives life. Read More.
As parents and caregivers, you may feel pressure to be perfect, but parenting can be overwhelming. Read More.
The best way to manage stress and prioritize self-care is to learn healthy coping strategies. If we do not find healthy ways to handle our stressors, they may end up taking a toll on both our physical and mental health. Read More.
We are constantly hearing that we are in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Many may wonder what opioids truly are, why they are causing so much death and destruction across our country, and what can be done about it. Read More.
Mental health practitioners may not be able to change the world in a day; however, they can empower themselves to change the way trauma is viewed and the impact it has on those overcoming traumatic experiences. Read More.
When we experience a loss in our life, the world as we know it is shaken. Whether it is the death of a loved one or a dramatic life event (the loss of a job, divorce, illness, etc.), our sense of control, belief in predictability, and a “map” of how to react is questioned. Read More.
In America, one person dies by suicide every 13 minutes. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), it is the 2nd leading cause of death for teens. The biggest risks include prior attempts, a current mood disorder, substance abuse, and access to means. Research also suggests that males are more likely to complete a suicide than females. Read More.