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May 4th is Child Mental Health Awareness Day

Child Mental Health Awareness Day is an annual event that shines a spotlight on the behavioral health of children, teens and young adults. Child Mental Health Awareness Day 2017, or simply “Awareness Day 2017,” is on May 4, 2017.

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Staying Mentally Strong Through the Holidays

The holidays are traditionally associated with happiness, fun times with loved ones and building on relationships. Unfortunately, the holidays bring more than good tidings for many people. Holiday expenses can cause extreme stress, and family members may not be capable of joining in the festivities.

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What's Going on with Drug Abuse And Mental Health Disorders Among Veterans

Society has a way of rationalizing substance use disorder (SUD). In reality, the struggles of life experiences, surroundings and personal choices directly impact a person’s ability to cope. Unfortunately, many turn to substances, including drugs and alcohol, to overcome this turmoil. Among veterans, there is a disturbing increase in the incidence of drug abuse and co-occurring mental health...

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Mental Health Crises in School

Discussions on mental health have a tendency to focus on adults living with behavioral health problems, including depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Yet, school-age children and adolescents continue to suffer outside of the media’s attention-circle. In fact, students may be at a higher risk for mental health problems than the general population, reports NPR.org. Consequently, you need to...

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Are You Okay? Can I Help You?

What type of person are you?  In those “what-if”, crisis situations, how do you think you would react?  Would the Sorting Hat place you in Gryffindor due to your bravery or do you feel like Deadpool: “I’m no hero”?

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6 Challenges of the Human Services Worker

It’s hard work being a human services worker in today’s healthcare environment.  It’s the opposite of most things these days where the younger generation has it easier and we older folks can talk about how hard we had it (like walking to school in the snow, uphill, both ways).

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Mental Health Awareness Month – Focus on Suicide and Stigma

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I want to focus on the important issue of suicide; how we can continue to help those with behavioral health conditions receive the treatment, understanding and attention that those with physical health conditions receive.

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Can a Caregiver Help a Patient Improve Their Mental Health?

Currently, the geriatric population is the fastest growing population in the world; in fact, the current number of seniors in the U.S. exceeds 40 million. As people live longer, the elderly population is expected to reach 72 million by 2030. Medical professionals receive very little training when it comes to the mental health of seniors, which is concerning since this is the age group with the...

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Ringing Bells, Punishment, and Reinforcement: A Focus on How to Improve Children's Mental Health

For parents, caregivers, and educators, discussing children’s mental health has been a taboo topic for years. Yet, the conversation around the importance of identifying mental health disorders in children has changed recently. Unfortunately, up to 20 percent of children in the US suffer from a mental disorder at a cost of $247 billion annually, reports the Centers for Disease Control and...

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Is the Future of Healthcare Pairing Primary Care with Mental Health Services?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (2010) states that the federal government in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are pushing for the integration of behavioral health care and primary care for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI).

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