Mental Health

The Challenges and Rewards of Caregiving 

  • Elderly woman with female caregiver

Sometimes a caregiving situation is short-lived, for instance when an injury or illness heals quickly. At other times, the caregiving journey can last for years, or even decades.  No two caregiving journeys are exactly the same, but caregiving challenges can include:  Sleep deprivation.   Having a living space that is cluttered with medical equipment  Being obliged to take someone else’s special diet into consideration at every meal.   Being responsible […]

Suicide – How long does the crisis last?  

  • Man sitting and watching the sky

A 2007 study involving interviews with 153 attempt survivors revealed that most suicidal crises are short-lived. Participants were asked how long they thought about suicide before making their attempt. The results were:   Less than 5 minutes: 24%  5 to 19 minutes: 24%  2-8 hours: 16%  1 or more days: 13%   Another […]

Depression in Teens

  • Teen sitting with hand on her head looking down

Many parents wonder how to tell if their teen is experiencing normal teen mood swings or something more serious, like Major Depressive Disorder. One way to distinguish these is to consider the severity of symptoms, duration, and impact on functioning.   Symptoms of depression in teens include depressed, sad, or irritable […]

Health and Safety Risks Affect Our Farmers 

  • Farmer standing in cornfield

Say the word “farmer” and many people picture a guy in a ball cap driving a big tractor across a lush green field on a sunny day. While these sorts of days happen, they are the exception more than the rule of how farmers usually spend their days.   Weather, finances and social factors each bring […]

Celebrating the Holidays as a Caregiver: Why is it so hard?  

  • Woman sitting on park bench with elderly mother

Holiday expectations can change dramatically for someone who becomes a caregiver for a loved one. It can be difficult for those who are not caregivers to realize just how difficult the holidays can be for a caregiving household. While each caregiving situation is unique in some ways, there are also common factors that can make the situation easier more difficult.    The relationship between […]

What to Expect When You Bring a Loved One Home after a Suicide Attempt 

  • Woman sitting and holding someone's hand

When you take a loved one to the ER after a suicide attempt, the visit is extremely stressful but it can also be a relief. As long as you’re at the ER someone else is in charge. While you’re there, once the physical crisis is over, you know that your loved one is safe.   When the ER staff has done […]

Winter Pattern Season Affective Disorder

December 21 is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. On Dec 22, daylight will last just a little bit longer. The trend will continue until June 20, the Summer Solstice and longest day of the year. During this time of year, some people suffer from a seasonal […]