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Stalking Awareness Month & Healthy Relationships

Stalking Awareness Month & Healthy Relationships

January 18, 2022
Being stalked is a frightening and traumatic experience. SPARC reports that stalking victims suffer much higher rates of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship issues than people in the general population.
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January is Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month.

January 11, 2022
According to HumanTraffickingHotline.org, human trafficking can happen to anyone, but we also know that some people may be more vulnerable than others.
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Smarter Phones, Struggling Minds

Smarter Phones, Struggling Minds

January 3, 2022
A  recent research study has found that over the past two years, as we try to cope with all of the disruptions and changes related to  COVID-19, cell phone and social media use has skyrocketed. Social media is a way to stay in touch with friends and family. Owning and using a mobile phone is almost necessary in our culture with many occupations requiring smartphone accessibility. Sixty-nine percent of adults and 81% of teens use social media–so what does that mean for our brains?
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Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

December 21, 2021 Jerry Strausbaugh
The supermarket might provide the ham for the table and the ribbon to tie up boxes, but a designer purse or an XBox gift card won’t offer our kids the same valuable gifts that will keep hearts happy beyond the New Year.
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Hope for the Holidays:  Tackling Triggers and Resisting Relapse

Hope for the Holidays: Tackling Triggers and Resisting Relapse

December 15, 2021
For many of us, the holidays are a season of peace, joy, gratitude, and family, but reality often looks quite different...Family dysfunction, past trauma, anxiety and other mental illness, loneliness, finances, grief--these are only a few of the stressors that can quickly pile up for anyone during this time of year. For those people living with a substance use disorder, these many stressors may compound and overwhelm the addicted brain and the person in recovery, making it an especially difficult time of year to stay sober.
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Manage Your Holiday Stress into Positive Purpose

Manage Your Holiday Stress into Positive Purpose

December 6, 2021
The way we celebrate the holidays causes stress, current events are stressful, and COVID-19 is still wreaking havoc on our communities’ mental and physical health. Ask yourself… How are you sleeping? Do you feel a sense of panic? Do you have racing thoughts? Are any bad memories replaying themselves? If your answer to any of those questions was yes, your body is having a stress-response to the things that are causing fear or worry in you. While so many of our stressors may be out of our control, we can still be intentional about our exposure to controllable stressors and how we manage our responses to stress. According to the Good News Science Center, repeatedly consuming negative news stories is detrimental to your health. It keeps you in a constant state of alert (stress!), which is damaging to your body. It can lead to distrust and negative feelings about other people and communities.
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Gratitude Goes beyond Thanksgiving

Gratitude Goes beyond Thanksgiving

November 25, 2021 Jerry Strausbaugh
Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and the readiness to show appreciation and return kindness. Harvard Medical School writes, "The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Gratitude encompasses all of these. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you receive...tangible or intangible. According to the Greater Good Science Center, "Gratitude allows us to celebrate the present. It helps us appreciate the value of something, and when we appreciate the value of something, we extract more benefits from it; we're less likely to take it for granted. Gratitude allows us to celebrate goodness.”
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This is World Kindness Week

November 13, 2021
Research shows that performing acts of kindness positively impacts mental health by increasing the neurotransmitters in the brain that make us feel satisfied and good: Acts of kindness can  increase the hormone that makes us feel connected to each other and helps us trust each other, ”A study in the journal Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science found that people who practiced a-kindness-mindset lowered their stress hormones by 23%. Try practicing random kind actions towards others every day and see what a difference it makes.
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Relaxation Techniques to Manage Anger

October 21, 2021
Using relaxation skills is a great way to manage anger. Use deep-breathing exercises, repeat a calming-word-or-phrase, like "Take it easy.” Concentrate on a poem, prayer or spiritual writing. Try listening to music, writing in your journal, or do a few yoga poses. When you are angry, learn to apply the discipline of relaxation.
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Appleseed Community Mental Health Center recognizes national case management week Oct. 10 to 16

October 11, 2021
National Case Management Week is Oct. 10 to 16. This week is an opportunity to recognize the dedication, compassion and quality of client care outcomes achieved by case managers across the health care continuum. The benefits of receiving case management are numerous including, but not limited to, individualized needs assessments, care coordination, client education, problem-solving skills, case monitoring, resource linkage and management, advocacy, and discharge planning.
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 4, 2021
If you are in a circumstance in which you are being abused and anyway physically, emotionally, verbally, or sexually reach out for help by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.799.7233. Visit www.safehavenofashland.org for more information about Ashland County domestic violence resources. 
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Appleseed Offering Youth Alcohol and Drug Prevention Education at Ashland High School and Community Survey Through “Communities

September 21, 2021
Appleseed is distributing a community survey to gain information about community perception about youth co-occurring disorder while collecting valuable input on service needs in Ashland County. To participate in Appleseed’s Youth Co-Occurring Disorder Survey, please go to https://forms.gle/YpxapNEtFoKC7X9G7. The survey will close on October 31, 2021.
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Stalking Awareness Month & Healthy Relationships

Stalking Awareness Month & Healthy Relationships

Being stalked is a frightening and traumatic experience. SPARC reports that stalking victims suffer much higher rates of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship issues than people in the general population.

View More
January is Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month.

According to HumanTraffickingHotline.org, human trafficking can happen to anyone, but we also know that some people may be more vulnerable than others.

View More
Smarter Phones, Struggling Minds

Smarter Phones, Struggling Minds

A  recent research study has found that over the past two years, as we try to cope with all of the disruptions and changes related to  COVID-19, cell phone and social media use has skyrocketed. Social media is a way to stay in touch with friends and family. Owning and using a mobile phone is almost necessary in our culture with many occupations requiring smartphone accessibility. Sixty-nine percent of adults and 81% of teens use social media–so what does that mean for our brains?

View More