Mental Health

Coping With Unavoidable Stress  

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When stress pops up in our lives but quickly goes away, it doesn’t usually have any lasting effects. The more often it appears, however, and the longer it lasts, the greater the effect stress has on our physical and mental health.   Our body’s stress response is designed to help us […]

When Will We All Be OK? Stress, Trauma and Covid-19 

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In a recent survey, the American Psychological Association found that 63% of respondents said that their lives had been permanently changed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Not all of these changes are changes for the worse, as 51% of respondents said that their life was merely different, not any better and […]

Limiting Lethal Means Saves Lives 

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The crisis that leads to suicide is intensely painful, but it also is usually short-lived. This is one of the reasons that it’s so important to remove easily accessible suicide means from the home of a patient who suffers from suicidal ideation. If guns and medications are harder to obtain, […]

Gratitude is Healthy

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Both research and common sense tell us that people who practice gratitude are happier. As it turns out, they also tend to be healthier. Writing it Down Makes a Difference The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley, offers a free, online, gratitude journal Gratitude Journal […]

Mental Illness and Holiday Debt 

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Holiday spending is stressful for everyone. There’s too much to do and not enough time to do it. It’s hard to find just the right gift for everyone on our list. Covid-19 and supply chain issues have brought added complications.  To add insult to injury, we have to figure out […]

Building a Suicide Prevention Safety Plan for Yourself 

A suicide prevention safety plan is a written set of instructions that you create for yourself as a contingency plan should you begin to experience thoughts about harming yourself. It will contain a series of gradually escalating steps that you will follow, proceeding from one step to the next, until […]

Self-care for the Caregiver of a Suicide Attempt Survivor 

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“If you don’t do things to keep your cup full, you have nothing left to give others.”  This seems like a pretty practical and obvious “life lesson”, right? Unfortunately, it is often forgotten when you’re caring for and loving someone experiencing a mental health crisis and suicidal ideation. It seems […]

Fear and Phobias

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Everyone has felt afraid of something at one point or another in their lifetime, but not everyone has been diagnosed with a phobia. According to healthline.com, “A phobia is an excessive and irrational fear reaction. If you have a phobia, you may experience a deep sense of dread or panic […]

When Children Ask About Suicide  

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Stereotypical youth suicides occur in the teenage years, but pre-teens are also vulnerable. In 2018, suicide was the second leading cause of death for children aged 10 to 14 in the United States. It’s important for parents to be prepared to discuss suicidal ideation with preteens as well as older adolescents.   When very young children […]