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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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Reducing Anxiety

September 15, 2021
The delta variant, vaccine mandates, and other news is creating a heightened sense of anxiety for all of us. One way to reduce anxiety is to engage your hobbies and interests. In tense times, it’s important to double down on the hobbies and interests that nourish your spirit. Often, it’s these things that define us as individuals and bring meaning to our lives. Whether it’s playing a sport, caring for a pet, an artistic or musical endeavor, home improvement projects, or spending time in nature, make sure you are engaging in these essential activities as it strengthens your ability to cope with the stress of difficult times.
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September is National Recovery Month

September 6, 2021
Recovery is defined as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. Often underneath an addiction is the experience of childhood trauma in the form of abuse, neglect, loss, or lack of a stable home life. People use substances to cover up the pain that results from the memories. If you are experiencing an addiction to drugs or alcohol please reach out for help.  Healing is absolutely possible and there are caring people ready to help you on that journey.
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August 31 is Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2021
Governor DeWine has declared August 31 Overdose Awareness Day. If you are addicted to alcohol or drugs of any kind, you already know that recovery is going to require change. You may fear both the physical and emotional withdrawal you'll experience from not having the substance... Recovery is within your reach. There are amazing medical and behavioral health supports in our area that will help you be successful. The first step is to talk  to a safe and trusted support person, and tell them you need help. Take that first step and you'll find there are caring people who will go the rest of the journey with you.
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Smartphones, Social Media, and Mental Health

Smartphones, Social Media, and Mental Health

Social media is a way we can stay in touch with our friends and family, but overuse and overreliance is strongly correlated to poor mental health.

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January is Stalking Awareness Month

January is Stalking Awareness Month

Being stalked by another human being is a frightening and traumatic experience. Stalking victims suffer higher rates of depression--anxiety-insomnia-and-relationship issues.

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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 some people are more vulnerable than others.

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