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Stop Bullying

Stop Bullying

October 17, 2022
Safe Schools Week is Oct 16-22, and I want to say a word about the important topic of bullying. The CDC defines bullying as any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths, that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance, and is repeated multiple times. It results in physical, psychological, social, or educational harm on the targeted youth.
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October is ADHD Awareness Month

October is ADHD Awareness Month

October 12, 2022
Like any other challenge in life, ADHD can be overcome with the right interventions, training, patience, persistence, and love.  Families that have a child who meets the criteria, need support, understanding, and skill building. Early intervention can make a huge difference so reach out to your pediatrician or trusted mental health provider and get the help you need.
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Frustration

Frustration

October 3, 2022
Being frustrated with something or someone is a common experience. It is important that we learn to recognize and manage frustration, so it doesn't become the feeling that is driving all our decisions or actions. Maybe there is a change at your work that-you-have-a-hard-time accepting or something unexpected happens and your vacation plans get put on hold.  
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National Love People Day

National Love People Day

September 30, 2022
Today is National Love People Day. I have a plaque on the wall that reads: Love each other or perish. My challenge to you this weekend is to have a conversation with someone who you categorize as different from you. Become a bridge-builder. You'll be amazed to find your suspiciousness start to shrink and your capacity for love and care start to grow.
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National Coffee Day

National Coffee Day

September 29, 2022
How many of us have seen the stereotypical group of retired guys sitting at McDonald's in the morning drinking coffee together and solving the world's problems? This practice of regularly getting together with friends and sharing life is a powerful mental health tool.
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Today is National Good Neighbor Day

Today is National Good Neighbor Day

September 28, 2022
Building relationships with your neighbor can become a powerful tool in your mental health toolbox. Part of a healthy mental health strategy includes tending to the relationships we have with our family, friends, and neighbors.
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Today is National Day of Forgiveness

Today is National Day of Forgiveness

September 27, 2022
The act of forgiving can reverse these negatives by calming the body’s stress response. Through practicing forgiveness, you can reap rewards for your health such as lowering the risk of heart attack, improving cholesterol levels, better sleep, reducing blood pressure, and lessening your experience of anxiety, depression and stress.
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Today is National Family Day

Today is National Family Day

September 26, 2022
In 2001, the National Center for Addictions declared the fourth Monday of September as National Family Day to promote families setting down in the evenings and having dinner together. Their research found that adolescents who ate meals with their families three or more times per week were less likely to use drugs or alcohol.
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September is Suicide Prevention Month and Recovery Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month and Recovery Awareness Month

September 21, 2022
Often suicide and addiction are manifestations of dealing with the self-incrimination that occurs as a result of childhood trauma. Sixty six percent of adults have experienced an adverse childhood experience meaning they lived with abuse, neglect, parental separation, or loss.  A negative self-image, flashbacks, anxiety, and depression can all stem from childhood trauma. These behavioral health issues then, correlate with both suicidal thinking and addiction.
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National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month

September 15, 2022
One of the most common catalysts for substance abuse is adverse childhood experiences. In fact, for every adverse childhood experience encountered, the risk of substance use increases. Experiencing some form of abuse, neglect, loss or lack of stability in childhood happens to most people. Research indicates 66% of us have had at least one childhood trauma.
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September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month

September 8, 2022
Repeated drug use can lead to brain changes that challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist urges to take drugs. These brain changes can be persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a "relapsing" disease—people in recovery from drug addiction are at increased risk for returning to use even after years of not taking the drug. Like other chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, treatment requires action and diligence, and it should be ongoing and tailored to the individual.
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Back to School

Back to School

September 1, 2022
A new school year is here. With it can come anxiety about the unknown, but also comes opportunities for developing problem solving and life skills. One of the best ways to manage anxiety is to get organized. Parents...work with your children to plan their time. Make a plan for each day about when they will do their schoolwork, when they will do chores, when they will do hobbies or extracurricular activities, and when they will have down time.
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Recent Updates

February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and I want to highlight important ideas from Black leaders that support your mental health. 

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day. Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow and predict six more weeks of winter weather?

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National Optimist’s Day

National Optimist’s Day

Today, is National Optimist’s Day. Research indicates that optimists tend to have more positive mental health.

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